This big eyed tortoise shell kitty is painted on a smooth stone which is about 8″ wide. She seems to be very possessive of the Christmas wrap she has claimed. The painting is based on one primary photo and two secondary photos supplied by the client.
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 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.
Morning Glories on a nice wood box! Five sides are painted with intense Blue Heaven Morning Glories on this nicely crafted wooden box. A fat bumble bee visits on the top and there is a little lady bug on a stem and a dragon fly underneath by my signature. Yes it opens and closes securely, almost secretly! Keep something special hidden inside. The box is 5″ tall and 4 1/2 ” squarish. For sale for $55 plus shipping and handling. Please contact me through this site if you are interested.