Trompe l’Oeil Watercolors

Trinkets with Anthology 6 – Feb. 2012

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Dachshund Necklace – Jan. 2012

European Vacation – Jan. 2012

Three paintings; includes Tarot & Tea Leaves – Mar. 2011

A Word on Trompe l’Oeil Watercolors 
The French term “trompe l’oeil” translates to “fool the eye,” referencing this painting style’s goal of tricking viewers into believing the two-dimensional painting they’re looking at contains actual, three-dimensional objects. While many painters do an astonishingly beautiful job of quite literally fooling the eye, I prefer a simultaneously realistic and illustrated appearance. Detailed trompe l’oeil paintings take a few hours, depending on the size, number of objects, detail in the background, and even the type of object depicted–shiny ones are harder! Capturing details is a key element, but they’re not the real trick: what really fools the viewer is the shadows.


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