At last. A new piece for my bears&boxes series.
This is the front. I always hope that these things will have a little bit of a surprise. The front is meant to be the beginning of a phrase, which ends when you open the box. The painting process always makes my heart race even though I know I can start over again. Thankfully, this evolved without having to do that.
This piece is called “Love lasts.” It was inspired by a framed poster I have hanging in my foyer. It’s been with me since just before we got married. It has a photo of an old bear with that caption. Maybe it’s kind of silly but I do love it.
Now a close-up of the left side. Some of the detail which may not be so apparent in this photo is the depth that I tried to incorporate. The scalloped border at the top is raised and the letters at the bottom are set at an angle. Both of them cast a shadow which I think is rather nice. The clothesline displays a poem on fabric which supports the theme and the hanging bottles, though a bit quirky, have hearts and a key inside.
And here’s a close-up of the right side. You see here the loved and worn teddy bear friend sitting on the table. Above his head in brass letters: “OLD FRIEND”. It looks so obvious now that it’s finished but when I was working on it, I contemplated decisions like “Does it need words?” “What words?” “Do I have the right letters to spell out my choice?” “Should they swing freely below or be attached to the crosspiece?” If I wasn’t already nutty, it would be crazy making!
Here’s the little fellow all on his own. I love this little guy.
He turned out just like I wanted.
Now for a few close-ups of the details. This shows the left edge of the box with a glimpse of the transfer of one of my favorite quotes. I do like adding words to the edges of the boxes – it’s just plain ol’ fun to do.
These are the bottles that dangle from the clothesline. What?! Don’t you hang bottles from your clothesline? One day maybe I’ll do this in my back yard and call it yard art.
Oh look! The tiny window makes another appearance. All in the name of continuity – and fun!
Remember the paper maché box and bottle of glitter? They made a fine pedestal table and the wine corks made some lovely stools with fabric seats.
The hearts hanging in the table’s pedestal echo the hanging bottles across the way. It’s these features that are both fun and maddening that make these boxes a challenge to create.
Now I’ve come to the end and I am contemplating an idea for my next one. I have a few things that I need to be doing at the same time. What’s that thing they have in the Harry Potter books? A time-turner? That’s what I need!