A key shimmers in the forest, hanging from the bough of a tree. What is it to? Where does it lead?
For “The Key in the Forest” I was able to try out a new art medium combining painting and miniatures: creating a magical fairy tale shadowbox!
I created the magic-mirror-style sliding lid I used with this wooden box and the tiny clay mushrooms which peep up from the moss several months ago, but wasn’t sure how I wanted to use them. Later, after a tree was cut down in my neighborhood, I came across a bundle of sticks that looked remarkably like slender dark trees, and found an interesting miniature key hidden at the bottom of my drawer of charms and beads. I began to imagine a dark forest growing behind a mirror, a tiny forest which could fit in the palm of my hand, and a magic key hidden there…
“The Key in the Forest” is created in a wooden box about 7 inches high by 5 inches wide by 4 inches deep. The cardboard sliding lid was made by me and painted with watercolors and gilt. Inside, all four sides of the box are painted to resemble a fairy tale forest. Sticks form the forest’s dark trees, and moss carpets the forest floor and creates the trees’ canopy. Handmade clay mushrooms peep out from the forest floor, and in the center of the scene hangs a shimmering miniature key.
The piece is signed and dated on the back, where its name is also written. It is available for purchase now in my Etsy shop here.
My hubby, corgi, and I are still settling into our new home in Seattle, which I’ll use as my excuse for why I haven’t been as active on this blog as I have in the past. This past weekend we went hiking near Washington’s Franklin Falls, and I was able to get some shots of the area’s beautiful rainy green forests.
With all of the tasks that come with moving across the country behind me, I’ve finally been able to spend some time working on a few art projects which have been brewing in my mind for a while. I should have lots more to share in the coming weeks!
On the last day of my husband and I’s road trip from North Carolina to Seattle, we drove into Washington along the Cascade Wonderland Highway, through Washington’s foggy, tree-covered mountains. It was raining, and the low-hanging clouds caught in the green mountains were absolutely beautiful.
In the middle of our road trip across the US to Seattle, Washington, my husband and I stopped in Sonoma Beach State Park in California for some much-needed rest and relaxation. We were able to camp right on the beach, and I got to shoot so many beautiful images of the blooming wildflowers and sparkling blue waves. The ocean at sunset was breathtaking. Even my corgi had fun!
My husband and I recently completed a road trip to Seattle, Washington from North Carolina. We spent three days driving through desert in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California. We hit a scary thunderstorm in New Mexico, but when we got to Southern California, all of the desert flowers were in bloom. Driving into green, lush Sonoma Valley on day four, after so many days spent in the desert, felt a little surreal!
blooming desert plants in Southern CA
thunderstorm in New Mexico
The Free Folk has made it across the US and we’re settling into our new home in Seattle! As of today, my Etsy shop is officially open and we’re ready to begin taking orders again. I’ve got it all dressed up for spring with new art! Our road trip was both exhausting and wonderful, and I’ll be sharing some photos of the journey on my blog over the course of this week. Happy shopping!
My Etsy shop will be shutting down for a little while beginning this weekend while The Free Folk ventures across the country for a big move. We plan to camp and have as many adventures on our trip as possible, so hopefully when we’re back up and running I’ll have plenty of photographs to share!
Keep an eye out for my shop to reopen in mid-late April. When we’re back up and ready to fill orders, I’ll post an announcement here and on my Facebook page.
In the meantime, if you’ve been contemplating a purchase from my shop, now’s the time to check out before we go down on Sunday!