This little table is about 12″ square and 3 feet tall. It is painted in Trompe L’oeil style to look like someone has left behind evidence of walking the dog. Looking down on the top of the table you see the leash that was ‘dropped’ there along with a few pretty stones which the walker collected. The leash was painted to resemble the actual leash owned by the client. One of the stones on the table top is a piece of soapstone, another is river polished marble. On the lower shelf is the old tennis ball the dog was playing with, along with a maple leaf. I used the original red surface and only embellished it with objects. Just a little surprise; ants crawling up the side! Have you noticed I try to have some sort of critter somewhere in everything I paint? Sometimes you will find a lady bug or dragon fly beside my signature, which in this case is inside the drawer.
This mural began with two brand new plain closet doors! It is painted in Trompe L’oeil style to look like a real bank of lockers just jam packed with sporting equipment. I had a ball doing these doors (pun intended!!) The client and I collected all sorts of sports paraphernalia to use as models. We added in anything we could think of! Who’d ever have thought painting smelly old sneakers could be such a great idea? Did all of you UConn fans notice the ‘old’ Husky sticker peeling off? Even the masking tape names and the door handles are painted on. I have included a photo of one of the doors ajar, just to help you understand the illusion. To open the closet however, one pulls on real combination locks and a real golf ball which were added after the doors were hung. I am particularly proud and fond of this project.