I was invited to create a piece for a new BBQ joint here in Savannah.  The theme, smoke and music.

What do you think?

Instead of a vintage suitcase, I sourced an old guitar case.  Thank you Ben!

I did not treat the case before starting.  I created the background with ripped up pieces of tissue paper, scrapbook paper and sheet music.  I glued them down with matte medium (fantastic product that will keep your paper from wrinkling) and used a brayer loaded with two different colors of paint (thinned out with glaze) to give it a cohesive smoky look.

I like to paint the faces in my notebooks and glue them onto my piece building the body and hair around it.

I painted the trim on this piece before adding the hair so I could give it the look of wrapping around the case.  The hair is a cooper color and will shimmer when touched by the sun.  I couldn’t help but add the little piggy.  I also added touches of paisley to give it a vintage touch of balance.  I finished it with two coats of polymer varnish.

Peace In

Tami

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