Rocks and more rocks, painted hyper realistically in liquid acrylics!!! I recently returned to one of my favorite subjects this summer (2017) when I painted a charming vintage table. There are at least a dozen heart shaped stones in the oval table top (30″ X 19 “). How many can you find? I’ll let you decide the total number as some are only hinted at! Of course there is a bug on one of the stones. The lower shelf is painted as a single slab of grey marble. The shelf is also painted on the underside so as to continue the Trompe L’oeil illusion. The legs remain their original dark brown stain but I added small grey diamonds to the graceful curves to visually connect the two painted surfaces. The table stands 29” tall and has a drawer tucked under the top tier. This piece is similar to a previously commissioned table named River Stones, however this one is available! The table is for sale for $450.
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 mural with a Trompe L’oeil wood surface is painted on the porch of my own home. For more than 25 years these walls were just a slightly textured, ugly brown, metal surface. Then ten years ago I decided to paint it! Thank you to my sister-in-law for suggesting the faux barn board wood surface. On the wall which is viewed directly from inside my dining room, I painted rambling wild Roses that ‘bloom’ all year long! On one of the sides I created a strawberry jar loaded with luscious berries. There are bees that visit the flowers and a butterfly by the strawberries. On the other side is a squirrel which initially even startled my cats. They have ignored it ever since! In the winter I hang baskets of artificial green plants to keep a little summertime always just on the other side of the sliding door.
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!!