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Dont Look by wundercookie Dont Look by wundercookie

Finally! I have finished this piece... it took a damn long time only painting on weekends when not travelling, and waiting for the mirror to get cut and oil paint to dry, but im happy now, i did it. phew. work in progress here: [link]

Ok, so, this is a really mixed media painting that borders on a painted sculpture.

Idea was this, take a nice image from my favourite artist and manipulate it into something more physical. I did a study awhile ago of the actual painting by Philip Clairmont. [link] I had an idea of the vase refecting not the artists vision but rather the viewer.. but distorted sightly to make it an unreal image.

I found an old wooden frame, with hinges on top even! And painted it even more like a frame, but slightly different. Put a flat board behind with hessian (potato sack material) and painted that too, changing the original image slightly to make the composition better.

Next was the mirror, beautifully cut for the most part (given the limitations) and glued onto a plaster back. The frame is actually about 5cm thick so needed to build up behind. I carved a piece of wood for the vase base. The sides of the plaster backing were visible, i originally wanted to put mirrors on those sides also but it was over complicated so i glued aluminium foil to it. You cant see sorry. I might put some detail pics on and link to this..

Final act was to touch the frame up and finally clean the glass :)

Photo was taken on an angle and perspective altered in free editing programme GIMP.

Height -51cm (frame only 39.5 cm)
Width -58cm (vase base 23cm)
Depth -5cm

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CleverLittleAlex Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
GAH! This is fantastic!
wundercookie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
why thank you very much :)
CleverLittleAlex Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah no problem!
modestaries Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! very creative!
wundercookie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :)
Feyoka Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Whoa, I need to see this in different angles! I cant even tell how this piece looks in this picture.

Very beautiful. :love:
wundercookie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thanks for the great comment :) .... wish i could post more pictures but im half way across the world from the picture now... Its a window frame, so 3D, and a flat glass cut out vase shape mounted on plaster which has the sides cut back on an angle and painted to merge into the background panel, which is flat and about 5cm back from the front :)

thats about it i guess...
wundercookie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
maybe in a year or two i can post some angled pictures on here.... ??
Liburnica Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
this is so cool, love how the cat is coming out of the frame, its so real
wundercookie Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
Daliarth Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Do you have special relationship with cats, cause again I noticed one hiding on the right side of painting.
In comparison with "mushroom picker cat" or other words Bekhemot, this one looks scared or terrified.
What do cats simbolise in your painting?
wundercookie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
hahaha, no special relationship, although I am working on another painting -almost finished- with a cat in it, and anothe rwith a lion -big cat- so maybe im on some cat thing here. I nee dto get one when back home :)

Is this one terrified, not surrce, possible scared but still curious...

Cats, represent, well, not sure. for me I like to see them as kind of mischevious things, curious and furry...
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Submitted on
December 14, 2008
Image Size
2.5 MB


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Camera Data

Caplio R5
Shutter Speed
1/32 second
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jan 24, 2009, 2:22:52 PM