Friday, June 11, 2010

Gypsy Caravan!

Well, for all my high ambition, I managed to complete one piece for sale this week.... but what a piece...

Maybe it's all the moving around we did when I was a kid (California, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) or the maybe it's the bit of travel I've done since, but wanderlust seems to be a constant dream, and source of inspiration...


"There's something in October sets the Gypsy blood astir.. We must rise and follow her, When from every hill of flame, she calls and calls each vagabond by name" ~ Bliss Carman

The idea of hitting the open road with no plan, no itinerary, no responsibilities or obligations to fulfill, no schedule to keep - just setting off on an adventure - is absolute HEAVEN, don't you think?


The right traveling companion(s), good food, good wine, a few musical instruments, a warm fire...


What could be better?


Can you tell I was listening to gypsy music as I painted this?


I like to think it's infused with a touch of gypsy magic. ;)

The chest itself is hand made here in Pennsylvania of solid birch and bentwood, and is quite large, measuring 17" x 15" x 11 1/2". I've painted it in acrylics, added a clear acrylic varnish, and lined the interior with softly cushioned periwinkle and black fabric (perfect for cradling a precious collectible, doll or other keepsake).

I've added several wood embellishments, four "wheels" and 28 genuine Swarovski crystals.

This piece took many days to complete, and will not be repeated, nor any orders taken - it's truly one of a kind, and comes signed, with a certificate of authenticity. Commissions for similar pieces typically run $895 and up, but I'm offering this here on the blog, on a first-come basis, for $795 plus UPS shipping, which will vary by location. I accept paypal or credit card by phone.

Email me at carolee@kingofmice.com with questions or to purchase. UPDATE ~ SOLD

Thanks so much for taking a peek, and I cross-my-heart promise to have more work available next week!!

♥ Carolee

14 comments:

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Fabulous...absolutely fabulous Carolee!! The detail is wonderful and I can't even imagine the hours you have in this piece. It will become an heirloom!
Laurie

Jorge de Rojas said...

Just wonderful! I can hear the music just by looking at it.

sassypackrat said...

Oh this piece was just amazing! No wonder it was snapped up right away!

Trish said...

How wonderful! I can feel the freedom and smell the smoke of the campfire. Truly awesome, Carolee.

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Stunning piece Carolee!
Lori

WendiesMiniWorld said...

Absolutely stunning piece!!

Claireabelle said...

WOW Carolee, my gob is absolutely smacked at just how beautiful this piece is! You are an amazing artist
x

Kai said...

WOW!!!! My best friend IS a Gypsy! We really got to know each other years back because I am such a huge fan of Gypsy music! AND because my band of the Comanche tribe was known as the 'Messy Campers' - meaning we were nomads. So this piece immediately grabbed my eyes AND my heart! BEAUTIFUL! I need to come back & read your wonderful blog all the way to its beginning. What talent you have! BIG APPLAUSE!

Susan said...

Carolee, That piece is to die for! I love the colors of the sky and the gypsies dancing on the side. Someone is VERY lucky to have gotten that piece!

Victorian Lady said...

Hi there Carolee! :)
I've followed you for a long time, but in catching up on my bloglines today, I got to see a whole bunch of your work at once and wait, please hold on a sec while I pick my jaw back off the floor...

K, back! Seriously- what AMAZING things you can do with a paintbrush! I'm so impressed by all the detail and the perfect lettering too! I'm a huge fan!

May I ask how you got into this? Did you go to art school? I'm contemplating taking classes, but don't know where exactly to do that. All I know is that I want to get better. :)

Looking forward to more and the ability to feel like this again...suddenly awakened and feeling alive just at the sight of it all! :)

Mere

Sasa said...

Awesome Caravan!! Love the colors. :)

Kathleen A Foley Grimm 'KAF' said...

WOW! Amazing piece!
~Kaf

Caroline said...

Wow, that is so cool!

Kate S said...

Very cool. Looking forward to seeing your latest work. :)