Hubster and I have done our engineering of my own shadow box for placing still lifes in, to paint. Artist Carol Marine uses one. I was able to look at, listen to the design and then was able to come up with our own from being involved in the Carol Marine/Karin Jurick workshop in Austin a few weeks ago. Plus my artist friend Nancy Rhodes Harper built hers this week and passed on the ins and outs of creating one.
Today I painted my "froggy" beanbag doll. He used to be tossed around the classroom when we played "word and sound" games. (You encourage participation, if you toss the beanbag object and a child catches it. It was a way to get those non-participators to participate!) So Froggy has done his life's work and is now living with his caretaker in the studio!
"Froggy" - original oil painting, 5" x 7" on gesso'd hardbord by Ampersand
Below is a photo of the froggy doll, just so you know what a froggy doll is. He is resting from the "pose" I had him do. I almost put him away, then thought you would like to have a visual on the whole thing.
Then here is a photo of what the shadowbox looks like. I need to rearrange myself around it, as I have to lean in to use my viewfinder, but then I am too far away at the easel. So a little readjustment of furniture etc. is due. Also, I need to put it on a tripod, so it is a little higher, but that is for later.
I am already onto the next painting. Decided to come in, have dinner, get 'sweats' on, cover up with a blankie, warm up with the wiener dogs and watch the tube! Ha! The wind is chilly today!