Amanda is a Hamilton, ON based watercolour painter, sewing instructor, knitter, mother, and generally crafty person!

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Rousseau Aerial Photo Shadow Box

Rousseau Aerial Photo Shadow Box

Aerial Hamilton Shadow Box by Amanda Farquharson  9 x 9 inches  Wood, glass, gouache, black and white aerial photograph, marker, cotton, wool, steel pins, vellum, and cut paper.

Aerial Hamilton Shadow Box by Amanda Farquharson

9 x 9 inches

Wood, glass, gouache, black and white aerial photograph, marker, cotton, wool, steel pins, vellum, and cut paper.

Welcome to this super fun and lighthearted and messy photo box idea I had! Oliver from O’s Clothes was gifted 35 black and white photographic prints which he sent out to 35 local Hamilton artists for them to interpret and change how they will, and when we are all done he will sell them for charity. I immediately envisioned something colourful and playground-like, because I drive through this area often (it is much more developed than in the original photo!) and we always pass this one elementary school with a big prominent playground visible from the road.

Slightly different view.

Slightly different view.

I had been experimenting with gouache and marker on vellum, and I envisioned something lively and dynamic. I bought this shadow box and trimmed the photo to fit, then colourized and cut up the main photo. I made a bunch of painted gouache and vellum shapes and pinned them in. I added the chopped up photo bits at different levels and some yarn and thread. Then I did more painting and colouring all over, adding colours to various bits and pieces so that it was more harmonious and interesting. At the last minute I decided to also paint on the inside of the glass itself, which I LOVE because it kind of casts these cloud-like shadows over the map pieces.

Detail Shot #1 - Hamilton Photo Box by Amanda Farquharson

Detail Shot #1 - Hamilton Photo Box by Amanda Farquharson

Detail Shot #2 - Hamilton Photo Box by Amanda Farquharson

Detail Shot #2 - Hamilton Photo Box by Amanda Farquharson

I can’t wait to see what all the other ones look like now! 35 artists is an awful lot of artists! Many of my friends and other artists I know have taken a photograph, and they have such a wide array of practices, it’s going to be so interesting to see what happens.

AND… I think I will make two more, one for each of my kids rooms, because I am kind of in love with how imaginative and bright they are.

March 26th 2019: Day in the Life

March 26th 2019: Day in the Life

It's Ranunculus Season!

It's Ranunculus Season!

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