Pansies are fun to paint; I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!! For this custom project the client wanted Pansies painted on her two large metal platters which were bordered with a wooden rim (15″ diameter). I covered over their original motif with a grayish blue background color. And then I just had fun! Of course in addition to painting a variety of floral patterns and color variations, I put in buds and seed pods and wilted blooms along with a bee in each one.
Pansies are so wonderfully varied and intense! I had to restrain my self from choosing too many when painting this sturdy vintage chair. I painted over the original black paint in purples and blues before embellishing the seat and the back rest with blossoms featuring orange and yellow. My signature insects are on the backrest; a bee on the front and a distinctive butterfly on the reverse. This chair is available for sale for $325 plus shipping and handling. Contact me through this site if you are interested in purchasing it.
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.
This bathroom evolved over time with multiple projects. Purple Wisteria hangs over a custom cut mirror. Later on, the stone arch was added so as to merge the mural into the wall when the bathroom was repainted a pale yellow. A Trompe L’oeil Wisteria blossom ‘sits’ on a bench which was painted the same lavender as the vanity. Tiles were painted with a special paint that bakes in an ordinary oven. Since this type of paint is more limiting I chose to do the Water Lilies, frogs and dragonflies in a style inspired by Japanese brushwork.