Category Archives: Small things

Pansies on a Faux Marble Box

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.

Painted Garden Ornament Cat

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 Glory Box

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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.

Dog Portraits on Stone

I enjoy painting animal portraits from photos of real dogs. I capture their personal markings, features and especially their eyes. I choose beach stones with relatively smooth surfaces which are about the size of large potatoes! Do you have a favorite dog that you would like me to paint for you? I need nice clear photos of your animal’s face plus additional photos showing their body, paws and tails. Either prints or electronic PDF files are fine. I try to include as many details as I can. These stones are $50 each plus shipping. Larger stones are available at varying prices.  Contact me through this site if you are interested in having a unique stone painted.