Round 2 for Global Talent Search - in and done! ♥️

Well it's it's finally in - my piece for the Global Talent Search for round 2 is done!I am both nervous and excited and i know i gave my all, a 150% :) First off, I love collecting things and tins and boxes are some of my fav things! :) I had a vision right away of a display in Antoinette's store with tins of cookies and tea (that could be re-purposed to hold little treasures) and then tins that were just fun to collect . I read the brief multiple times and started jotting down notes:


then i sketched and sketched and finally came back to this

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after that, i started to paint out some of the elements i wanted to include and scanned them in...

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i also still couldn't get an earlier Bootcamp assignment out of my head and i felt Antoinette would have love an Edwardian bug brooch too :) So in it went!

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i was inspired by a picture of a stillife in a magazine that included a wall hanging with a bird that reminded me of the fragile delicacy of Chinoiserie art . I was hooked!  I kept seeing that as my background and after that, the piece started to evolve ;

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We were also told we could include hand-lettering if we so chose to, and since that is my new challenge to me,  i decided to include some of that in my piece as well :)

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Now i usually go for bright colors and character work but this time want to show other things i like to do, like still lifes. Also, this time i wanted to really explore creamier neutrals in my palette, so i went back to the brief to see what colors i felt would resonate with our Antoinette and started to build my art (the brights at the bottom on the tea canister piece shows some of the brights from our brief but i used them as accents :) )

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Somehow, though,the background was bugging me i couldn't quite get it where i wanted it- so i tried different backgrounds options ( I remembered what Lilla said about being nervous, it was because i cared- oh yes indeed! :) )


...and landed here :) -so here it is, my final piece - please stop by the gallery, see ALL the gorgeous entries and vote for  me (whoever is picked for People's choice will win the sixth slot in the final round!) i'd really appreciate it! - now i'm off to vote! :)

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to see everything and cast your vote- here's a link  :) Enjoy!