The Big Apple on a wooden egg...

For the past few years I've been painting themed Easter eggs for each member of a friend of mine's family here in Charleston - it's not something I would want to do in mass quantities (hello miniature painting + on a hard to hold wooden egg) but it's a refreshing change to switch up subject matter and medium and challenge myself in different ways - and every year this commission project surprises me in new ways....

She gives me a rundown on the important events of the past year for her little girls (castle beds and purple blankets for the babies!) and for her and her hubs, and I do my best to represent that on a wooden egg for everyone's Easter basket!

I should also say that this is originally inspired by my mother and an artist named "Bonnie" in NC that paints easter eggs (among many other things like faux finishes and murals). My mom has kept up this tradition my entire life, so I have a representation of each year of my life painted on a little wooden egg that my mom pulls out at Easter - and it's SO fun to look back at them all now!

So, this year, a trip to NYC was on the list, so I decided to paint the NYC skyline with the Statue of Liberty front and center (this was also in the list). I love the way it turned out so much that I've been pondering reasons to do more miniature skyline paintings...

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