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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Ciela's New Table

Ciela's New Table
Originally uploaded by shermans.

After three months, I finally finished decorating/painting Ciela's new table and chair set. I first painted the whole set with a faux finish similar to what a decorator might do on an interior wall. Then I cut out a bunch of maps and images of explorers and pasted them on. You can see the explorer routes traced over the main map. Then I added my own ruins and pseudo-petroglyphs all over the table. These you can see better in the detail photo that follows.

It came out pretty nice. Not quite what I had envisioned, but I'm never the artist in real life that I am in my mind's eye. I had expected it to be more elaborate, but I stopped sooner than I originally intended. The furniture looked good enough that I was afraid I would ruin it by overworking it.

This is what it looked like before I started.

So not too shabby, and Ciela can start learning early about the vicious colonization, genocide and imperialism fostered on indigenous people by the European world. By age two we can talk about Edward Said, Orientalism and the current Iraq war as the most recent manifestation of Western hubris. We are soooo beyond the Teletubbies.


At 1:05 PM, Blogger Scrivener said...

Very cool table set!


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