The Shack #1 #2 and #3

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Project by Patricelejeune posted 02-25-2013 10:33 PM 3501 views 20 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another marquetry challenge on Fusion, “The Shack”

One of my most brain aching projects.

On that one I used the same technique than on Gaëtane, with prefused packs, but also a prefused background.

I used a maple background That i glued on a assembly board, then I placed my clouds, building from the light to the dark, mimicking the thickness of the storm clouds.

First an alder burl

Then some darker clouds on walnut burl and a blue horizon line

More draker walnut burl

Then I cut the background and the shack piece by piece and put them together on another assembly board, a bit more blue a bit more dark walnut burl and curly yellow wood as the back layer of my forground

Some more scraping, shaving and sawdust for the foreground loan and done

Completed for the 2009 Design in wood show, it did not meet again the understanding or liking of the judge. I must confess i was a bit upset for that one, but I was quiet happy as I got 11 inquiries on it and it was sold real fast.

Presenting that piece also brought me a client to buy the second one, my favorite. I made progress especially on the loan foreground mainly because I learn to play more accurately with the shaving and sawdust that I now call sprinkling.

I finished the third one for the Fine Art juried show at the Del Mar Fair, San Diego county and got the Spanish Village Art Center award for it in 2010

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 10:37 PM

stunning work

-- Joel

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 10:43 PM

Will I be able to be this good in 10 years? Love it.

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 10:47 PM

Could you estimate the hours you have in one of these? They are awesome.

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 11:12 PM

Are you sure you are not using oil on canvas? Just kidding. You turn marquetry into true pieces of art. Truly wonderful.

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 11:21 PM

These are my personal favorites among your fusion pieces.
It is almost as difficult to describe as it is to do but you’ve done well.
As always with experimental techniques, it takes time to gain acceptance.
It’s good to know that you finally have.

These are even more impressive in person than in the photos. I feel lucky to have been able to see them all.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 11:28 PM

You have to be kidding me, that is one of the most beautiful works of art I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing. I just can’t stop looking at it and thinking how you have merged the beauty of wood with the beauty of the sky!!!!

-- $tudie

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#7 posted 02-25-2013 11:30 PM

SAndhill, from 1997 to 2005, I was doing marquetry only for restoration so I can count them as really scarce practice. I started making creation pieces after 05 and the shack was 09. So in less than 10 years if you practice and are imaginative and not scared to do things you do not know how to do, I do not see any reason you can’t.
This could be a very good stage 3 study than we could contain in a week with some preparation ahead.
ShaneA this is a 40-60 hours job per piece over 2 weeks in average.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 12:07 AM


What a fantastic piece


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#9 posted 02-26-2013 12:44 AM

BEAUTIFUL pieces! Numbers 1 & 2 look like an old tobacco barn not far from my house.

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 04:06 AM

Amazing, simply amazing. Wow!

-- Jojy, Dallas

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 05:08 AM

Still looking and sharing your work, should be a top 3 of the day! Thanks for showing how it’s done and a fine website too!

-- $tudie

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 05:30 AM

Patrice, these are simply amazing! They really do look like they are more painting than marquetry. Wonderful technique and I am so glad that they brought you some recognition for your artistic talent. Terrific work, and thank you for giving us a glimpse into your process.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#13 posted 02-26-2013 08:29 AM


-- ~Michael,

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#14 posted 02-26-2013 08:32 AM

I studied Fine Arts part time when I was in High School, and full time after high school. Then I made University studies in Architecture and design for 4 years. I have been in several countries and I have visit many museums of Art and Modern Art, because it is something I really like and enjoy. Why I am mention this? am I bragging about me?....nah!.....I’m just mentioning all this, to express that I have invested years and countless hous and time trainning my eyes, and when I see pieces like this one, my eyes are inmediatelly drawn for the amazing “plastica”, the expression and beauty of this piece. A person or judge must be completelly blind and stupid to not realize about the level of a piece like this. Please do not stop doing your maazing work!

-- "Menos es mas" Ludwing Mies Van Der Rohe

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#15 posted 02-26-2013 09:37 AM

Stunning work.

We may have to go thump a couple judges. :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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