Many of the bears&boxes pieces that I create look a lot alike at the beginning.That is because the box is either unfinished or a cigar box that I have stripped down or intend to cover. It is the start of the transformation.
There are times I know right away where I am going and then there are times I get ideas along the way. The outside of this piece began with a vague idea that crystallized fairly quickly and it allowed me to use a tried and true technique (adding texture)
as well as a new one (applying a very detailed image to the front) which is not yet adequately photographed.
And just like that –
after several hours and/or days of painting
– it no longer looks like any other piece I have done before.
Now I am revisiting one of my favorite processes of transferring text to the edges.
It’s a process that requires patience which I discovered early on when I was impatient once or twice. Ah, the benefits of experience.