Friday, December 8, 2017

Trompe L'Oeil Painting of M&Ms Chocolate Candy

"Just a Handful," acrylic on panel, 8" x 10". Available on Etsy/$139.



 I painted M&Ms a while back, but on a much smaller board, so I wanted to try to do one with a bit more white space around it so it could breathe a bit. M&ms are a different sort of challenge altogether from my other candy bar paintings, not just because of the separate pieces, but because of the details and shape of the package.

This piece has been sealed with a thin coat of a permanent gloss varnish, for protection and to retain the richness of the colors, especially the dark areas.

I've included a side-by-side picture of my original subject taped to a board next to the final painting.

Be sure to visit my Instagram page to see a couple of progress shots of this piece as I worked on it - https://www.instagram.com/kimtestoneartist/.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Money Laudering - Trompe L'Oeil Painting of a 1980s $50 Bill Hung Out to Dry

"Money Laundering," acrylic on panel, 10" x 10". Available on Etsy/$175.

I found this $50 bill from 1981, and just had to paint it before I spent it. The designs of the old bills are so much more interesting to me than the current designs, at least for painting.

I used a very small brush to paint all of the details on this piece. I'm including a photo of my original subject next to my painting. I do my best to capture all of the lighting and colors correctly, so that at a glance, it's not easy to tell which is the painting.

Be sure to visit my Instagram page to see a progress shot of this piece as I worked on it - https://www.instagram.com/kimtestoneartist/.

Thanks for looking!



Monday, November 27, 2017

Chocolate Cheesecake Painting

"Just a Little Chocolate and Cheesecake," acrylic on panel, 6" x 8". SOLD.
 I picked up the model for this piece in the bakery section of my local grocery store. It was called a cannoli cheesecake, and was delicious!

The painting has been coated with several coats of a polyurethane gloss varnish, which gives it a nice shine and keeps the black background looking rich and deep.

Thanks for looking!

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***Please note that despite my best efforts to photograph my paintings accurately, colors will vary from screen to screen.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Candyland Board Game Painting - We've Only Just Begun

candyland board game painting
"We've Only Just Begun," acrylic on panel, 8" x 8". SOLD

 I used a vintage-style Candyland board game as the model for this painting. There are so many lovely little illustrations on the Candyland board, especially this version, featuring designs from the 1960s, I believe. I've never painted the "start" area of the game before, which I think is especially adorable.

All of the details were painted using a very small brush. Be sure to visit my Instagram page to see several progress photos of this piece as I painted it - https://www.instagram.com/kimtestoneartist/.

The piece has been coated with a permanent gloss varnish and is extremely bright and colorful!

Thanks for looking!

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***Please note that despite my best efforts to photograph my paintings accurately, colors will vary from screen to screen.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Twist Ice Cream Cone Painting

"Twist," acrylic on aquabord, 14" x 11". SOLD.
 I photographed my last ice cream cone of the season as a reference for this piece. 

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

O Christmas Tree - Acrylic Trompe L'Oeil Painting of Vintage Music Sheet

O Christmas Tree painting sheet music trompe l'oeil
"O Christmas Tree," acrylic on panel, 16" x 16". SOLD. 

 I used a piece of vintage sheet music as the model for this painting. You can see it below, hanging from a pair of yarn loops next to my painting. It was done at a one to one scale using a very tiny brush to do all of the marks. I tried to capture the worn feel of the original sheet, which dates back to the 50s or 60s. It was from a piano sheet music book that belonged to my mom and was well-loved. 

Thanks for looking!





Thursday, October 19, 2017

Autumn Leaves Painting

"Colors of Fall," acrylic on panel, 8" x 10". SOLD.