I seem to float between drawing on paper and the need to paint three dimensional objects that are useful. Each little wooden box starts out naked… then I clothe it in Gesso and let it dry and harden overnight and upon waking, sand it smooth before decorating it’s skin.
When my mind is restless and full, it seems to gravitate towards painting freehand patterns to work those repetitive and occasionally obsessive thoughts out of my head. It’s gratifying to see a flirty flower, then pattern emerge stroke after stroke contouring the box surface.
When the pattern is complete I varnish it three times for good luck!
Each little box measures about 1 1/2″ – 2 11/16″ (4cm – 6,9cm).
Recently, I commissioned my father to build 10 trunks for me. These trunks are the old antique style trunks. They measure about 12 to 16 inches in width and are made from his own pattern. I’ll be painting larger and more one of a kind items this year. The trunk pictured below is one Dad built for me about 15 years ago!
Update – This box has since sold! Thank you! Other one of a kind boxes are available in this section of my shop.
I painted this box to go with a series of three paintings, I finished in late 2008, entitled The Nameless Ones.
This Nameless One’s box has to be my most viewed and most favorited listing on Etsy. It’s been viewed close to 4000 times. And I do wonder why it hasn’t sold yet. I even did a kick-ass job with the photography as it’s graced the front page of Etsy numerous times which could indeed account for some of it’s high view numbers.
It is hand painted by me, with India ink and the finest artist quality acrylic. This box has been gessoed, sanded and varnished three times for durability.
Box Dimensions – 2 11/16 by 2 5/8 inches or 68mm by 66mm
If you buy this box and mention this blog post in the message to seller upon checkout I will ship one, 5×5 inch print, from the Nameless One’s series, of your choice, with it. Happy Friday!
As an ACEO creator and collector it was quickly becoming apparent that there needed to be a standard sized box that people could begin placing there ACEO Collections into.
I have been decorating, giving as gifts and selling little miniature boxes for over 15 years. When I think about that, it makes me smile. It feels good to know that I can stick with something!
There is only one thing that has stayed with me through sickness and health and that is the gift of art; the urge to continue creating unique little insane one of a kind treasures. Or in this case, a little box to hold your secrets.
Box Dimensions – 1 1/2″H by 2 1/8″W or H-3.8cm by W-5.4cm
This rounded unique maple wood turned box has been gessoed, sanded, meticulously decorated with India ink and artist quality acrylic, rubbed with a honey colored stain inside and out then varnished three times for durability.
Moody Blue is signed on it’s bottom.
What did I put into a box?
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