Tuesday, March 6, 2007

old entry deletion

since i can't seem to figure out how to delete my old entries... i'm editing them :D

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

deleted old post. I'm more into steampunk jewelry now.

edited entry

another deletion of an old entry.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Painted Box update

So mom has been busy lately. These boxes on average take many hours to make but she's now got a few. One seems though to have become a bit warped (the cover) so it won't be up for sale. This has to do with the base she used - the non-sealer. Since that little foray the others though have been fine.
This wooden box is just a little sample. Bright and cheerful, those yellow hills are sun-touched and yet also suggestive of the ripe harvest.
The box here has a quarter in the bottom. Just to give an idea of scale. They are a few inches thick. I'll have to visit her and get the exact dimensions.
What is really great is that these painted boxes would be good to wall mount. Simply close them - and then mount them on a wall. They then look more like painted pictures vs boxes (you could even leave something private inside). The sides of this one are painted as well.
Mom's hoping to get $50 Canadian for them. I'm hoping too. After her expenses and the time it takes to paint one that probably means she's making about $6 / hr. sigh. Art!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Painted Boxes - uniquely Canadian Artwork by Celetine

First, a bit of an introduction. I'm not Celetine - I'm her daughter Z. who is setting up a blog for her.

My mother is a senior citizen who who has begun painting after a long hiatus. For as long as I can remember my mother has painted, and then eventually she just stopped. Recently though she started to pick up the brushes, and switched from oil paints to acrylics. After spending a few years doing small paintings, Mom suddenly started to paint boxes.

Why boxes? Well, there is a lovely practicality to them. Not only do you end up with a lovely box - but a beautiful painting too. She started with a few small boxes. Tiny enough to only hold a few precious items. Eventually she started painting larger boxes too.

Mom is now in her 70s. She doesn't let arthritis stop her from painting. In fact some of the work she is doing now is better than much of the work she's done before. Except maybe those landscapes she painted back in the 1970's. Those were pretty amazing.

Mom has traveled the world. Literally. India, USA, England, Ireland, Australia, Indonesia, Mexico... all over. She has settled in Canada now, in Toronto and taken back to painting these lovely boxes.