I am finally making some further progress on my art table with table dancer and nest! This is my project to transform a damaged flip-top game table into a flip-top art table. The top of this table features a large inset square that you can lift out and flip over. My finished table will feature a choice of two different artworks. I suppose I will have to restrict myself to 2-dimensional work here; although there is actually space for some modest relief carefully placed. However we might find that to be pretty annoying when actually using the table!
So far I completed the painting on one side of the reversible square section that is set into the table top. Side I features the “Table Dancer” in deep blues and greens. I just painted the surrounding fixed border section that frames the inset images, using a subtle variation of muted light greens. There is a just a tiny hint of iridescence and metallic gold. The goal is for this border to look “right” with both paintings. The greens work with the Table Dancer side, but are very light and muted, to work with my plan for the second painting.
And now I have a running start on the painting for the other side. I expect the nest painting will be more abstract, and will feature lighter tones. The concept is loosely based on an a digitally transformed photo of a real bird nest with stone eggs. I am not ready to show any realistic photos of this side yet.
Here is a digitally transformed and enhanced version of a photo of my early draft, which is not much more than a background so far. I enjoy the digital fun, and this is quite lush and rather gorgeous. It is much too colorful for my table, and I would struggle to put that much saturated color on any painting! It is a bit reminiscent of Chinese Brush Painting perhaps?
Anyway I have made further progress on my art table with Table Dancer and Nest!