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 little footstool was commissioned as a companion piece to the Garden Fence Chest of Drawers. The Sunflowers and Hollyhocks are painted in the trompe l’oeil style of realism. They just pop off the surface! The legs of the stool are the same blue as the sky in the first piece and the faux white slats match those I painted on the top of the chest. Even the underside continues the illusion of slats. And, yes, I painted my signature insect; Can you see the lady bug? It is important that the little side buttons are painted white as they visually connect the top to the base, but I resisted the urge to painted anything additional on the blue surfaces because the stool told me No!!
This charcoal-black single-seater bench is painted in Trompe L’oeil style with a collection of stones, slate, mica and natural crystal scattered on top. The bowl and the turtle are carved from stone as well. For a little something organic I painted two feathers and an autumn leaf. Of course there is a little lady bug, can you find it? If you are interested in having me paint something similar to this piece please send me an email or leave a comment.
This vintage all wood bench is painted with a view of a Water Lily pond with unusual red, pink and yellow pads. A large fuchsia flower jumps off the surface with intense realism. I love the way the light hits the water at the top of the scene and how you can look into the murkiness of foliage below the water. Of course there is a frog!! I captured these botanical beauties at the Minneapolis Zoo a few years ago. I painted the graceful legs of the bench in four shades of green that darken as they descend, with gold and copper colored highlights. It is currently available for sale at $175 plus shipping and handling. The seat is 20 1/2″ X 14″ and is 16″ off the floor. The handles add an additional 3″. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this table.