Sunlight on snow is so striking I could not resist painting it on the 18″ X 12″ center of this wooden tray. Yet I am told by some that it looks like light from a full moon. What do you see? I based this painting on a photo I took of my own backyard in the winter of 2015 when snow piled up on logs from trees that had fallen in the previous year’s storm. I added the little rabbit from a photo I took a few years back. She is just sitting there taking it all in! This tray is available for sale at $85 including shipping within the United States. Please contact me through this site if you are interested in purchasing it.
The request for this vintage tray (provided by the client) was for “lots and lots of scallop shells”. I tried to paint them as if they were randomly scattered on the tray to avoid making the piece look like a summer camp project of glued-down shells. I included a star fish as well as a variety of sizes and kinds of shells, all facing many directions. I had an actual shell or critter model for every item I painted. One of my models was an enormous orange shell. If you look at my Scallop Shell Lazy Susan you will see the inside of this same shell which is actually purple and white! The tray has a glass insert that protects all my painted shells. I did not change the nice mahogany finish of the rim or the background surface, I merely touched up a couple bad spots and sealed the entire piece. I also painted the handles metallic gold.