Featured pick–Tommy’s Sunset, handpainted accent chair

This one is really one my favorites–extremely vivid, more serious and less whimsical than some of my other designs, but it was such a process of growth for me (I’d never really tried to paint water before, let alone light on water), and the result just does something for my soul. Plus I just loved the idea of writing a name in the sand.

The whole idea was to treat the side supports & first slats of the chair back as the worn, jutting pilings of an old dock, so to  support the illusion there are barnacles crusting the supports in the back. The sun is setting over the water as a gentle wave washes up onto the beach where the name has been scratched in the sand with a stick, while a lanky red sea star wraps itself around the front chair leg.

It was quite challenging to try to convey the reflected sunset in three broken up sections instead of one uninterrupted expanse. I painted it once, then I sanded the whole thing off and started over before I was satisfied. Like I said, learning process!

I was painting this for a specific child, so I had him in mind while creating it–he’s sensitive, artistic, and a little more quiet than his siblings. This seemed, at least to me, such a good fit for him.

So here’s Tommy…see what you think.

One thought on “Featured pick–Tommy’s Sunset, handpainted accent chair

  1. Petra says:

    I am so impressed by how beautiful you are capturing the details! It REALLY DOES look like there’s sand on the seat with Tommy’s name written in it. And the branch totally looks like it’s actually lying ON the chair, I’d take a second look before I would sit on it 🙂 yet at the same time the branch and its shadow look like a fish which totally suits the beach setting. It’s just awesome!!

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