Here's a puzzle - is this desk miniature or real life?
Yes, it's real life, taken with the miniature function on my camera... the desk is my new miniatures work desk I got for my birthday last week, and I am very pleased with it - it closes up nicely, so hwever much mess I make, I can quickly close it and everything looks nice and tidy!
The oil portrait is of my late grandmother, and I love the colours. I'm thinking of painting a miniature version for Daviot House, as recently I have been painting pictures a lot...
This is a portrait for the hall, I used watercolours and then mod podged it to get the textural effect of oils. I had been inspired to try gilding by a post by Josje, and found a resin frame on Etsy (my source for pretty much everything these days!)
It was great fun, and I can see the sudden mania for gilding everything! I managed to restrain myself, as Daviot House is a fairly modest establishment... I think she looks good against the walnut panelling that I have been working on (thank you Giac!). A coat of antique wax toned down the brightness, and gave the frame a good aged patina.
... and of course, Lady Flora Ogilvy needed her husband by her side, Sir Alexander MacGillivray, in a matching gilded frame!
And here are some of the items I have completed for the hall - the tapestry on the wall and the marl stone flooring. I am still working on the panelling and the fireplace, so bear with the wonky gaps!
I love the composition, especially with the absolutely beautiful casket made by Tony of Miniature Treasures, it really makes the room. I am very close to finishing the stumpwork mirror, and I can't wait to see the room completed.
Painting the portraits was such fun that I started to repaint all of the paintings in Daviot House...
And this 1834 lady is perhaps my favourite...