Potions Class or Wizard's Chemistry
7" x 16" Prismacolors and Coloursofts on Fisher 400 paper
To commemorate the end of the Harry Potter entertainment era I really wanted to make a Harry Potter inspired still-life. I tried to make it inspired by HP. I wanted it to look like I was setting up props for one of the movies and had to find things that fit the part. Last year I went to see the Harry Potter exhibit of props at the Boston Science Museum and a lot of them were very ordinary things and I even saw a couple of things I owned myself (a Derwent canvas pencil roll, and some tea cups from Ocean State Job Lot) .
I set it up in front of my card catalog that I draped with some Gryffindor colored fabric. Then I lined up probably too many objects, but I couldn't help myself. I purchased the little block of wood holding a bunch of dirty test tubes, the little old books, and the weird things in jars from Seaver and Mc Lellan Antiques in Jaffrey, NH. Walking into Seaver and McLellan's is very much like walking onto a movie set - if you ever can make it there I suggest stopping by.
There are also a few little magical fun bits in there like the floating candle, the image of a young witch in a jar, and a spider going for a walk on another jar.
I hope you enjoy it - and I have to say I might be doing another, because I have some props I didn't get to use in this one!