This was one of the most challenging subjects requested of me by a client. Scallop sea shells! I had no idea before doing research for this piece how varied Scallop shells were. A Special thank you to my seashell and starfish collecting friends for loaning me so many specimens as models! I especially enjoyed painting the insides of the shells. Particularly difficult were the grey toned shells from Cape Cod because the tops were dark while the deeper grooves were light colored. This made creating depth a real challenge. I am so pleased with the way the star fish came out, as well as some of the other kinds of sea shells! And the barnacles! They were great little details to paint. Since the underside of the lazy Susan (supplied by the client) was as finely finished as the top, it is just as easy to use upside down, therefore I painted it a faux pink marble as an alternative.
This single peach colored rose is quite dramatic on its nearly black background. It is painted on an oval wooden plaque which is six inches tall. Look closely and you will see a honeybee hovering just below the flower.
This small side table is painted with a faux marble surface and trompe l’oeil jade beads that appear to have been casually dropped there. The necklace looks ready to scoop up and put on, doesn’t it? The key is in the shadows! The table has graceful legs with carved knees which I gilded gold. I included a photo here of the faux marble surface before I painted the beads. This now charming table was a rescue from a tag sale and it looked unsalvageable when I took it home. It had been painted with such thick black paint that the drips could almost be peeled off! I stripped it and sanded it. The broken trim on one side had been ridiculous attached with a hot glue gun! Needless to say I removed it, cleaned it up, molded a little missing length and reattached it so well that even I am not sure which side I fixed!
This little vintage table and chairs were painted in bright colors with a realist painting of one of the famous locomotives that met at the ‘golden spike’ when the Transcontinental Railroad was completed.