Monday, November 21, 2016

Custom Antique Reproduction Silhouette by Kolene Spicher

Silhouette of a Lady with
relatives from 

From Denmark to America, this piece of art
tells the story of where this lady's ancestors came from
as well as the day she married.  
I started this project day one by creating a wonderfully crackled and antiqued background to paint upon.  Special consideration was taken to accommodate the lettering across the bottom.  It needed to be smooth enough to write the genealogy out yet  antiqued enough to match the rest of the painting. 

I loved this frame.  The painting was sized to fit it perfectly.  The condition is great.  Finally, the look is correct for the home that 
this piece was made for.  

MY Customer likes nautical and wanted the dress to also be nautical in nature.  Finding reference material for this had its challenges!  My inspiration came from antique silhouettes from the 1800s.  

I love house this looks hanging over the bench my foyer. 
You can sort of see the texture that I achieved by looking at the above lower right picture.  The customer also wanted the flag of Denmark flying on a ship in the background.  I also have the American flag flying on the ship to the right.  Pictorially, this suggests a story of coming to America.   It is also what we are all about here in the USA,  we were ONCE  all little seedlings. 

I love the corner blocks on this frame and the drape across the top of the painting.  I am known for including decorative drapes in my pieces.  

Here is my lady! 

Here is her likeness 1800s style!  
LOOK at the writing, you can see the genealogy,  and you will notice that her GRANDPARENTS were from Denmark.  It is a special gift to have someone illustrate how one's family came to the great melting pot!  I was happy to do this. 

Thank you for taking the time to look at this piece of artwork.  The painting will be a Christmas gift. 



Mugwump Woolies said...

Fabulous! You are so very talented. I am sure the client was delighted with this treasure.
Happy Holidays!

Kolenespicher said...

Thank you @Mugwump Willie's. Merry Christmas

Jan and Doug said...

Well Jan received this painting silhouette and she wept tears of joy.
Kolene, you are the best.

Kolenespicher said...

Doug, you were so much fun to work with on this project. Thank you!