This graceful small side table was brought to me by a client to embellish with Trompe L’oeil pearls and shells. She handed me a piece of striped fabric to guide my color scheme and I was off and running. I used a favorite bug pin from my own collection as a model for the ‘clasp’ on the casually piled string of pearls. The gold and garnet fly also represents my signature insect. The table top (27″ X 11″) is painted as faux marble in soft greens with just a few delicate lines threading through it. To keep the illusion of real marble, I even painted the underside of the tabletop, so it would look like an actual piece of stone when you turn the table upside down. Loose pearls of various natural hues sit in a shell on the lower shelf which is painted a solid Sea-foam blue.
I am so proud to announce a three page spread of my artwork in a national publication: the September/October 2016 issue of Rocks and Minerals Magazine. More than a year ago I was contacted by the editors of this gorgeous magazine asking if they could showcase my work in their regular feature of artists whose art focuses on rocks and minerals. I was over the moon at the idea and am blown away with the results! Thank you to this wonderful publication and a special thanks to Susan Robinson for all her help in facilitating the process.
This little wooden table has been transformed. The faux marble surface is painted in a range of soft greys on the 14″ round top. A bead necklace of pale green, lavender and pink quartz with a lotus motif pendant is painted in Trompe l’oeil style. The necklace looks real enough to pick up and wear! Of course the marble illusion is painted on the underside too! I kept the colors on the pedestal soft and a little mottled, and paired them with creamy off white and just a little bit of gold banding. The table stands 25″ tall and weighs 5.5 pounds. $150.00 plus shipping and handling. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this table.
This small side table is painted with a faux marble surface and trompe l’oeil jade beads that appear to have been casually dropped there. The necklace looks ready to scoop up and put on, doesn’t it? The key is in the shadows! The table has graceful legs with carved knees which I gilded gold. I included a photo here of the faux marble surface before I painted the beads. This now charming table was a rescue from a tag sale and it looked unsalvageable when I took it home. It had been painted with such thick black paint that the drips could almost be peeled off! I stripped it and sanded it. The broken trim on one side had been ridiculous attached with a hot glue gun! Needless to say I removed it, cleaned it up, molded a little missing length and reattached it so well that even I am not sure which side I fixed!