Tuesday, July 28, 2009
my client loves literature and wanted to bring her warm childhood memories of Robert Louis Stevenson into her home for herself and her family. exerpts were carefully chosen from a much loved book read and re-read to her by her mother, "A Child's Garden of Verses" by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor. we decided not to re-create these wonderful whimsical images and exerpts directly on the wall, but to paint them on canvas so they could one day be re-positioned and shared amongst all the children in the family. they were initially chosen and designed to fit into their youngest child's nursery...filling an expansive 5-paneled wall. Each hangs from a crystal knob, ropes and ribbons. i loved working on these pieces, and it was a joy to see them hanging in such a beautiful environment.
i painted these two panels on inserts to fit into this cabinet/bar for a friend and client who presently lives in "The Circus House", once owned by John Robinson and family, of the John Robinson Circus. their home is filled with much memorabllia and history of the circus and she wanted to add some whimsy to this cabinet with reproductions of the old Robinson Circus Posters...double click for detail
i wanted a large canvas painting of my boys over our bed but wanted a very subtle painting, a 'tone on tone' piece. this was the initial pencil sketch (after some added detail). i was going to follow up with a sepia wash (and still may) to go with my neutral bedroom, but i really like this and so do my friends. my children however, want to see the next step. we'll see. i like its quiet presence. too many things seem to shout at us these days. this piece sort of whispers...
we had a very dated built-in bookcase in our dinning room. by painting it black and distressing it, it gave it presence and the feel of permanance. I accented it at the top with one of my favorites...wheat...its the Kansas in me i guess.
this was an old dark wood dresser with broken handles. The handles could not be replaced because they were inset handles and an odd size...so I painted fish themed panels to cover the empty insets and relocated new knobs on the dresser.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Our friend, Sean barton does some incredible wire art...he made the following chandelier for my dinning room. It gives the traditional space a punch of whimsy...casting shadows on the ceiling.