This vintage table was probably designed to hold a television back when televisions were big and fat, but as soon as I saw it I knew it had a higher purpose! It stands 27 1/2 inches tall and its top is 24″ X 21″. And it does something special! The whole top turns 360 degrees in BOTH directions!!! What better use than to play Scrabble on!!! I painted a faux pink marble top with a regulation size Scrabble-like board centered in the middle. Yes, I know, there are no labels on the pink, red and blue squares, but if you love to play Scrabble then you know what the colors mean without the labels, right? I also painted all four of the table’s side skirts with soft pink wild roses for a touch of charm. It is sturdy with legs that can be easily unscrewed and removed for transport.
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.
Blue Hydrangeas are among my favorite flowers so I was delighted with the request to paint them on a Lazy Susan. Real Hydrangeas bushes often have blossoms in a variety of stages of blooming so I like to paint them to reflect that. The mottled greenish yellow background seems to glow with sunlight. Even though the butterfly looks real enough to take off in flight, I did not want it to compete for center stage, therefore I chose the subtly charming Western Tailed Blue butterfly for my signature insect. The edges of the discs are painted in gold and a pretty periwinkle blue.
The Lazy Susan was provided by the client. It was unfinished, and of such a fine quality, that I could not resist painting on the intended underside as well. I did a little faux work making it appear as if the small bottom disc were a china plate and I painted this Hydrangea in a style one might see on a dinner plate. There is also a simple design on the yellow portion that shows of the underside of the top disc.