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Pansy Chair with Butterfly

Pansies are so wonderfully varied and intense!  I had to restrain my self from choosing too many when painting this sturdy vintage chair.  I painted over the original black paint in purples and blues before embellishing the seat and the back rest with blossoms featuring orange and yellow.    My signature insects are on the backrest; a bee on the front and a distinctive butterfly on the reverse. This chair is available for sale for $325 plus shipping and handling.  Contact me through this site if you are interested in purchasing it.

Vintage Box Restored

This box was handmade by a man in the 1920’s as a gift for his new step daughter.  He wanted it to be  for her doll clothes.  In the summer of 2017 I was asked to restore and brighten the box before it was presented as a holiday gift to the  grandniece of the original maker.    Although I was given free reign I did not want to ruin the integrity of the piece.  I could see Pine trees and Native American influences in his precise geometric patterns.  As you can see in the two “before” pictures, the gold colored edging was blackened or totally gone, and many areas of paint were also worn away.    I matched and freshened the colors and put fresh gold paint on all the edges.  The inside cover was lined with glued-on bright pink foil paper (not shown), and so too  was the removable tray .  Most of the foil paper was in bad shape and I removed it, but I chose to keep it inside the tray in tribute to the box’s  history.    A serious crack in the structure of the lid needed strong glue.  I learned the box had been created in Oregon and I searched for images that would evoke its origins.  I found multiple photos of a landscape attributed to the Pacific Northwest and used them to create a scene which pulls in the colors from the outside of the box.   Sunflowers and Lupines are native to the area as is the California Dog Face butterfly.

Barn Board Porch Mural

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.

Garden Fence Painted on Three Drawer Chest

I painted lots of pretty tall  flowers growing behind a picket fence on this solid wood, three drawer, storage piece.  Hollyhocks bloom in profusion up the front, right across all three drawers.  One of the side panels sports Sunflowers while the other has Morning Glories climbing up a wrought iron trellis.  Look closely and you will find three butterflies, a bumble bee, a lady bug, a dragon fly and two charming birdhouses.  The top is painted to appear like it is made of slats of wood.   The greenery wraps around to the back just enough to complete the design all the way.   This small chest stands 26 ” tall, is 12″ wide and 14″ deep (counting the knobs).  Perfect for a dorm room or even a bathroom!  This piece sold as soon as it was posted, however if you would like me to paint something in this style please fell free to contact me through this site.