I've been busy lately, so my time in the studio has been significantly limited--bummer. That said, I did manage this weekend to finish another piece. I started with a cigar box. Some older cigar boxes have interesting graphics--so oftentimes I simply leave the outside of the box as-is. The graphics on this particular box, though, didn't impress me, so I simply painted over it. The interior is covered with sheet music. The contents include a variety of found objects, including a small porcelain doll and cropped vintage photos. The dimensions of this piece (which I photographed without the glass to eliminate glare) are approximately 8" X 10" X 4".
Below's a side-angle shot, which displays the depth of the piece. Also note the frame; I used pieces from an old, flea market frame and cut them to length for the box.
Here's a close-up shot. Lots of found objects in a small space.
Here's my final nicho! It's called "Heartbeat of a (Manipulated) Nation." Because I used the glass from a vintage photo frame to cover the nicho opening, I'm having reflection issues (I'm NOT a photographer) in this and some other pics. Below are some shots of just the nicho--before I put it in the piece--so you can get a better idea of what the "heart" looks like.
Below's a close-up pic of the nicho itself, which contains a heart made of paper clay that's been covered in strips of paper taken from a thesaurus. For the paint technique, I simply covered the heart in black acrylic and wiped it back with a wet rag. The background was first textured with modeling paste and then painted with blue acrylic; I then went over it with white acrylic, using a dry brush technique.
Below's a close-up of the left side of the piece and its toggle switch focal point. The texturing was created by laying down a layer of plaster and then pushing in and removing a chunk of corrugated cardboard. The paint is just layers of acrylic washes with some dry-brushing mixed in.
Here's a close-up of the right side of the piece--the nicho itself. I kind of like the way the heart has a speciman-behind-glass feel to it.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.