I’ve been very fortunate to come across several attractive collectable items recently. Before I put them on shelves or otherwise displayed them, I decided to compose some still-life photographs of them.
The decoupaged vase featuring two girls in a classic scene remind me of summer in a place like Greece or Italy. I put together high-key colors to offset the mellow earth tones of the container. I then paired the arrangement with my recently cleaned telephone for visual balance.
One of my friends likes to invent mini-scenarios when we shop the Goodwill Store. After I picked up the gorgeous vase with the painted roses and gold gilt trim, she made up a story about me tackling her to the floor and prying the vase from her hands. All I could do was shrug my shoulders and grin.
I couldn’t find a maker’s mark on the vase, so it remains anonymous. I didn’t want to overpower the painted roses, so I put together a small assortment to simply enhance the piece.
The vintage Chinese Panda diorama gave me the idea to use an old Japanese ginger jar. I gathered a posey of mostly fill flowers to enhance the peacock motif. I like how the two unlikely pieces enhance each other.
These three still lifes are examples of the advice I often give. Bring out your nicest things, and actually display and use them.
The Blue Jay of Happiness knows that sometimes it’s good to simply sit back and study a fancy vase.
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