Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

January 24, 2014

Time Transfixed

Feeling blue one Sunday, I was engaging in a little retail therapy, right before Christmas.  I was browsing through the Tiny Things Are Cute website, looking for altered art items for my stash.  I came upon a tiny, wooden fireplace that gave me a huge brainstorm.  Would it be possible to recreate my favourite painting in 3D?  

This is my fave painting, "Time Transfixed", by Belgian surrealist Rene' Magritte.

I went ahead and got the fireplace, then went on a hunt for a tiny locomotive.  I'm surprised that they aren't more readily available!  I was having zero luck.  Then I found one on ebay that was the exact right size and kind that I needed.  So I got it, and then I started making the project.  I tried to find a dollhouse-sized mantel clock but struck out so I had to make my own out of a clock face charm and piece of wood.  I made the candle sticks out of gold beads and bead caps.

I painted the fireplace white and grey.  I added some cotton from a Q-Tip to the locomotive's smokestack and then glued it to the back of the fireplace.  I had to stuff paper inside the back of the engine so that it could be glued flush to the back.


The fireplace is only 3-1/2" tall, so it's pretty small.


I probably could have done a better job with shooting the angle, but this is pretty close to the original painting.  I'm really pleased with the way it came out.  


16 comments:

  1. Oh wow JoJo, so clever, I love it!
    Suzanne @Suzannes Tribe
    xx

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    1. Thanks! I was pretty excited at how well it turned out. I'm just glad that my fave painting is one that's so easy to recreate in 3D.

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  2. Oh. My. Gosh! This is fantastic, JoJo. Your talent still amazes me. I hope you're still selling some of your work. Maybe on Etsy?

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    1. thank you Elsie! No, I haven't made an attempt to sell anything although I am probably participating in a spring craft fair. Etsy has gotten over run with cheap crap from Asia, and I never reopened my shop.

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  3. An excellent job and in miniature, too. I like Magritte, JoJo. I also like trains. You just keep surprising us.

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    1. Thank you! Magritte is my fave artist. :)

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  4. This is great. So much attention to detail. I like the smoke coming out of the train.

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    1. I found that the Qtip cotton worked best for the smoke because it was stiff enough to stand up.

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  5. Very cool!! Love how you managed to recreate it down to the last detail. You are very talented! ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy! :D i do enjoy it.

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  6. What a great idea JoJo! You did a fab job; I have never seen this painting before, but I do think I prefer it in 3D!

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    1. Thanks! I don't think I could replicate any other paintings in 3D except that one.

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  7. Hi JoJo,

    I continue to be amazed by your creativity. Full steam ahead. Quite the locomotion.....

    Have a peaceful Sunday.

    Gary :)

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    1. Thank you! You are too kind. Although at this point my 'creativity' might just be a 'sickness'. lol I make stuff but I sell nothing.

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