|The Alice Doll Furniture|
|My Two Beloved Books|
|The Alice Game Table|
We had darkly painted pieces in a deep teal and rust-brown. I was concerned that the small images might be lost somehow in the dark palette chosen by Gail. One thing I did notice was that the table had a little drawer beneath it, and to me, this made it a game table. Then my mind took off. A game table would require a chess board painted on it, and this was very Through the Looking Glass. I knew, also, that all three pieces should be themed as such to compliment each other. How do you take three seemingly unrelated pieces of furniture and make a "set" from them? By what you enhance them with.
|The Pastoral Chess Board|
|Red Royalty in Pen and Ink|
|Color Choice for Red Royalty|
I finished the table with a mix of colors to match the deep teal, by painting the beveled edge to frame to the pastoral chess board.
|The Unicorn and Lion - My Favorites|
Its funny but as I thought about what I might be able to add to the ladder back chair, I'd considered a hedgehog "ball", and could paint it on the seat. Seat? Where was my mind? The seat was roped. And, so the ladder back chair maintained its simplicity.
|Flamingo Ladder Back Chair|
Yes, this is "crazy work", but the results are what drive me to create such pieces. One thing I can be assured of is that by now, my painting skills are once again in top form. Yes, I always worry I will lose them.
|The Talking Flowers|
I use a both a watercolor approach, and an old master oil technique in painting with acrylics. I build the color layer upon layer for luminescence and richness. I also love painting clouds. When working in this style, you must be very careful with the washes since the paint is not absorbing into watercolor paper, but dries on a hard surface (puddling). I could talk about painting for hours, but I'll conclude. I'm tickled to pieces with the way the furniture turned out.
Please celebrate with me the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Enjoy the photos, and I'll be back with doll costuming in my next journal. I do miss it.
Miss E. Mouse
|A Side View|
|Another Side View|
|A Little Masterpiece|