Thursday, December 9, 2010

Realistic Miniature Houses? Yup, I can do that too!

These are some of the houses we had to paint for "Albert Herring" They were the most upstage piece of scenery and the designer was insistent on them being film quality with ridiculous amounts of detail, water marks, doorbells, milk bottles on the doorsteps and everything. I love them though, they were so much fun to do!

I called this house my "British Barbie Pink House". See the little milk bottle on the side door step?

They were even lit on the rooms and floors...they were a-dorable!

This house was a little bigger, but it was still just as much fun, especially with all that brick detail!

Detail of the bricks and all the window moldings and all the slate shingles on the roof--woo!

Can I faux finish art deco furniture? Sure can!

Apprentice Scenes at The Santa Fe Opera, I can't remember right now what scene this was from, but it was set in the Art Deco Period. My friend Adam McCarthy designed the piece, and I faux painted the wood to look stained, and did those little vignette panels which were based off of these really sweet old Chinese ink landscape paintings. The panels were gold leafed onto Masonite, painted on with some layers of burnt umber glaze, and then covered with a couple layers of Amber Shellac to get a shiny beautiful surface. We lined the back of it with some light weight bleached muslin so it could be back lit.

Here's the finished product:

Left Panel Close Up:

Middle Panel Close Up:

Right Panel Close Up: