These are some of my latest works
This is "Tea, Anyone?" What I like most about this is the expressions on the character's faces. They look a little guilty, as if caught doing something they shouldn't be doing. The sun's expression is very knowing.
When I got this clock case, it was missing a top and the finish was very distressed. I therefore decided to paint it. I used blue, green, and metallic gold and then distressed it somewhat. I then used a twig of birch for the tree in the background, and short bits of birch to replace the missing roof. The table is also a birch twig.
This is the "White Witch," meaning she is good, and possibly only a little mischievous. This is yet another clock case, a little smaller than most. The large brass eye in the background came from a trip to an antique store in New Orleans. She is holding a large crystal ball, held in place by a small brass plate obtained with a lot of other small items. The floor was the most fun/challenging. The clock floor was too low, so I needed to raise it somewhat. I finally decided to use small wooden blocks, and color them half white and half black. I like the checker board effect.
The thing I loved most about this clock case when I got it was the circular window in the bottom. I looked for the perfect item to fit the space and the vintage clock. The slightly weird doll head was perfect. I had had an idea for a laboratory depiction for some time, so that was the theme for the top. While looking through old art books, I came upon a brooding self portrait of Rembrandt. That is the base for the background. Covering that is some old dental x-rays, which gave it a cloudy look. The clock parts carry out the time theme, and the dolls in lab equipment completed the look.
II haven't decided on a title for this one yet - maybe Serendipity. I loved the clock mechanism, which did not come with this case, The pendulum is also a spare part. The brass quail just fit in the top as if she were nesting. I then remembered some quail eggs (hollowed out) that were a Christmasmas gift. It all seemed to fit.
This is Pastoral Scene. It is difficult to see in the photo, but the background is a handmade paper, which I loved for its bright, turquoise color. It just happened to be too bright, so I had to tame it with a glaze of gray green paint. The clock is walnut, and seemed to be a uniform brown color until I cleaned and polished it. It cleaned up nicely! The photo in the clock bezel is a detail of chickens from a 19th century painting. I found the little brass rooster on top at a flea market. The woman and dog are toppers from an old clock I found on eBay.
This is Dance of Fortune. As you can probably tell, I like to portray fortune tellers. I think the dancer was originally for a desk pen set. The background is handmade paper I found in an art shop. The glass sphere is used for photography effects. The "Persian Carpet" is a bit of tapestry upholstery.
I call this "A Measured Life." I had been thinking about how many things in a person's life are measured, age, weight, height, ability, etc. etc.
"This is "Time for Action." An alternative name was "Spring into Action." Both combined the concept of time and movement.