After Joyce Compton’s contact with First National ended in 1927, she freelanced for a variety of studios.
Freelancing meant sticking close to home and waiting for the phone to ring. During those lean times, the Comptons began breeding and selling Belgian Griffons.
“I also discovered I had some art talent, and while being home bound and waiting for the phone to ring, I did some pretty good oil paintings. Also, using monks cloth and thinned-downed oils, I painted some wall hangings,” Joyce wrote in The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image .
In this blog post, I share with you some of Joyce’s art work from the late 1920s and early 1930s. Her media was mostly oils, but she did some nice charcoal self portraits.
Today, the painting hangs in a spare bedroom in my home. It is one of my treasures.
Joyce loved working in charcoal. Most of her drawings were self portraits.
My personal favorites are her oil paintings.
In the mid-1930s, Joyce drew the plans for the house she built with her parents on Davana Street in Sherman Oaks. Money was always tight for the Comptons. When Joyce would get a film role, they would hire workers and do a portion of the construction.
When money ran out, work stopped. A role would come along and work on their house would go forward. She called the finished home, Joyce’s Hodge-Podge Lodge. She lived in her beloved home until the early 1990s.
In later years, when answering fan mail, Joyce would enclose a handmade bookmark, most often with a favorite Bible verse.
Read more about Joyce’s 30-year career in films in her autobiography, The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image.