Monday, January 20, 2014

Old Wooden Shutter

This was an old wooden shutter I found at a friend's house. It was just plain wood so I painted it a distressed black and added the turquoise detail.

Wild Heart

This is my latest mixed media piece - Wild Heart. The background is a historical map of Mora, New Mexico. The heart was purchased but the flame is a piece of rusty metal from an old can I dug up near my mom's house. There is barbed wire at the top and two feathers on the right side of the canvas. It is 11" x 14".

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Vintage Handkerchief Curtain

For years now, I have had several vintage handkerchiefs that belonged to my grandmother. I loved the designs on them and really wanted to do something special with them. Nothing ever seemed just right. Recently, I was working on decorating the small entry way to my house and needed a window treatment. On one window I used a small white linen piece that I found at a garage sale for fifty cents. But, I needed a treatment for the other window. I remembered the handkerchiefs.

I pulled them out, gave them a quick ironing and then wondered how I would actually hang them. I thought of curtain rings with hooks, but then I remembered an old piece of metal that I pulled out of the ground near my mother's house in eastern Oklahoma. I had a couple of pieces that might be the right size. They were "S" shape. Maybe an old heating element? I went to the studio and dug out the two remaining pieces. Separately, they were too short. Together, the perfect length. I used some wire to connect them, then hung the handkerchiefs by simply pinning them on so they design of the handkerchief would be completely visible.

I really like how they turned out. They are unique and personal. This is the result...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Gold Box

Latest creation - This is a wooden box that I found in a junk heap at a friend's garage. It was originally plain, painted a dusty green color. I repainted it, distressed it a bit and added the topper.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Three Horses

This was a commission piece for a co-worker. It is 11" x 14" acrylic.