Hi all y’all,
The weather is heating up here. It gets really muggy and then the thunder showers start. I love the south unreasonably.
I have some pictures to share today.
I bought this chandelier at an estate sale in the Marigny. The man who died was an old artist. Maggie showed me the chandelier. I told her I was busy and needed to look quickly because there were so many people there buying his treasures. She insisted I come with her and she showed me this chandelier for $25.
I took the bead strings off and soaked them in vinegar for 48 hours, and then in vinegar and dish soap. 60 years of grime floated off. I painted the chandelier with two coats of gold craft paint that I had sitting around. On the underside of the horizontal parts when you look up from underneath, I added brown glitter flakes and gold glitter.
I wrapped the candles in washi tape. They came out super nice. You can’t even tell it is washi tape. It cost me $75 to have it installed above my desk. As an added bonus that I didn’t expect, all of those lightbulbs made it much brighter in here.
I bought this dresser at the estate sale, too. It is IKEA and it cost $20. I had some cans of paint from other projects that I wanted to use up. I also wanted the dresser mainly black to go with my mainly black and white studio. The black part is gloss enamel. I love the shine and resilience of enamel.
The blue and yellow parts are latex paint. I wanted Maggie’s bees to adhere. She drew the bees with Montana paint pens. The pens are filled with acrylic paint, but are easy to control, like a pen.
I wanted to see what would happen if I painted a wild background with many colors and shapes as the base of my painting.
How much do I cover up of the original painting? I love all the colors, but it is so busy.
The little houses got larger. The crows are dressing up. The tree is turning into a magnolia tree.
Where is this going?
This is a picture of one of my paintings at Urban Roots. Counting her Chickens and Bee Love are also there. I love that place.
I worked like crazy this week.
My BFF from California is coming to New Orleans tomorrow. She has never been here before. I am totally excited.
Love to you all,