This four drawer bureau is number 3 in my “Cloud Chest” series. The sun is hovering at the horizon with a a purple glow that bounces off the low lying clouds around all three sides. I painted three autumn leaves in Trompe L’oeil style on the cream colored top and tried to use only the colors from the sunset in the leaves while still having three distinctly different colored flora. There is a ladybug as my signature critter. The “slats’ across the drawer fronts are actually solid pieces of carved wood. Sorry but this piece sold immediately in the first show in which I presented it. It stands 37″ tall and is 26″ X 15”.
A profusion of pink roses! I painted these roses on sixteen 4″X4″ stone tiles in all stages of bloom from tight bud to seed pod. They link one to the other in a continuous six foot long composition, with a slanted faux brick background. The client shipped me the fine slate tiles, fifteen of which were installed across the front of a vanity in his home . I requested that he include an extra ‘just in case’ tile that I could also use to test my sealants and paints on. In the end I painted the 16th tile anyway. I added a signature honey bee and a little lady bug. Can you find them both?
These three trays are painted with three different and striking floral motifs. Deep purple tulips wave in the wind on one of them. Water lilies slick with water densely pack another tray. I painted the lilies with the goal of capturing the memory of dragging my hand, as a child, through the slippery carpets of saucer shaped leaves while on a canoe ride on a New Hampshire lake. The third tray is filled with delicately painted Hydrangeas. You may have noticed that this is a favorite flower of mine and I have done them in many styles over the years. Of course there is a bug on each tray!
This vintage chest of drawers is painted on all sides with a summer sky full of clouds. I rescued the dresser from the back of a garage where it sat badly damaged and painted bright yellow and orange along with words and peace signs. I stripped it down and had some repair work done before starting my transformation. For a little added interest I painted early autumn leaves on the top in a Trompe L’oeil style. Even my husband, who knows what I do, tried to brush these leaves away when he first saw them! I painted a few leaves on the bottom of the skirt too. Did you find my signature insect? Hint, it’s on a leaf! Also, included in this cluster of photos is a second chest I did with a winter sky. Can you see how the simple change in the depth of the blues changes the season? By the way, the female body vase sitting on top of the chest is also a piece of my art work.