This project began as a simple wooden box with no hardware. The flowers are painted life size. I wanted the Pansies to have all the varied attitudes of the real world. There are buds, seed pods and fading blossoms as well as wide open ‘faces’! Of course there is a visiting honey bee near one long edge. This is Trompe L’oeil; The marble is not real. The clasp is not real, nor are the hinges. The cover still lifts off to open! The photo of the ‘block’ of marble is the underside of the box.
This mural with a Trompe L’oeil wood surface is painted on the porch of my own home. For more than 25 years these walls were just a slightly textured, ugly brown, metal surface. Then ten years ago I decided to paint it! Thank you to my sister-in-law for suggesting the faux barn board wood surface. On the wall which is viewed directly from inside my dining room, I painted rambling wild Roses that ‘bloom’ all year long! On one of the sides I created a strawberry jar loaded with luscious berries. There are bees that visit the flowers and a butterfly by the strawberries. On the other side is a squirrel which initially even startled my cats. They have ignored it ever since! In the winter I hang baskets of artificial green plants to keep a little summertime always just on the other side of the sliding door.
This little kitty, named Darwin, needed a sign to hang on the door of his own special place which is under the stairs in a room like Harry Potter’s . He even has his favorite toy mouse by his side. Isn’t he sweet? This painting of him is 12′ tall and 9″ wide.
This is Hopey the cat. This unique project began with a purchased cement garden ornament. I painted her from multiple photographs supplied by the family to resemble their beloved family pet. It was important to give some life to the face. I painted just a little eye peeking out from the sleeping face with which the cement was originally cast. I think it makes all the difference. When you come across Hopey ‘sleeping’ in the garden you have to look twice to see she isn’t going to wake up and meow at you! I have included a picture of what the cement cat looked like early in the painting process when I had just begun to add some color over my coats of white sealant.