Friday, July 1, 2011

Harry Potter Inspired Still-life

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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!

9 comments:

Teresa Mallen said...

Simply delicious! Love the magical fun bits. Seaver and McLellan's sound like a terrific place to visit. Thanks for letting us know about their shop. Looking forward to seeing the other props! :-)

Reflections From Life Art Blog said...

Love the warm muted palette Nicole. Very good job! You like to use those unusual sizes don't you? Lol! I always love your compositions.

Nancy

Gemma said...

It's all very magical.... I just love it!!
Gemma

Katherine Thomas said...

How in the world did you do that so quickly? You were just talking about it last week, and here it is, all finished! Wow! And it's wonderful! Congratulations!

Katherine Thomas said...

How in the world did you do that so quickly? You were just talking about it last week, and here it is, all finished! Wow! And it's wonderful! Congratulations!

Nicole Caulfield said...

Thanks everyone!

I do Nancy! I just don't enjoy the standard sizes... which is a shame because I have a bunch of 11 x 14 frames I could fill!

Katherine if I am enjoying myself I get a bit obsessive. The past few days were mostly me hiding in my hide-y hole of a studio!

cjmartstudio said...

Wow what a fanatastic work of art and all done in colored pencils! It must of taken you many hours. You are to be congradulated and looking forward to more props.

Gayle Mason said...

I love it Nicole, it is so different from the usual still life subject matter.

Marion said...

LOvely. Beautiful colours and feel.