Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Painted Nursery Panels

This French style nursery was a fun and interesting project to paint.
I used a grottesca format to incorporate so many elements.
The panels on each side each represent a child and the center panel represents the couple and family.
It is composed of symbols and illustrations that represent meaningful memories and events, places visited, and special animals in their lives that tell their story in a whimsical way.

Detail of middle panel.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Chinoiserie Vessel

This was a favorite size tin of a client of mine.  It was previously painted and was cracking and flaking off.
I first stripped it with orange stripper from Home Depot, then primed and based painted it.
She wanted each panel to be a separate scene in a classic chinoiserie style. As I drew it out, I tried to get each panel to visually flow one to the next.
After I had painted the four sides, it looked sort of bare, especially looking down into it, so I added the Asian scroll on the inside.
This tin vessel could be used in as a waste basket in a powder room, a vase for a dry arrangement, or simply an object d'art.