Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.–Claude Monet
The textured cyan backdrop has primarily been used to photograph indoor mermaid photoshoots in the studio, although it has come in handy for retro-styled sets as well. I did not paint this backdrop, rather it was an inexpensive find on eBay. Score!
For indoor mermaid photoshoots, there are seven handmade crowns to choose from in the current line-up. Ironically, the crown Andrea is wearing was supposed to be a “simple” crown, a piece designed as “light and rustic” that could be worn in the pool. Ha! Somehow the crown took on a life of its own, as they often do, and I kept adding sparkly beads and strands of shells to the point of excess.
Nearing completion I still felt as if the crown needed some additional element despite “everything” that was going on with the design. My sister, Juliette, who is an artist extraordinaire, recalled having abalone stars that would be the final visual exclamation point, and went in search of them. Knowing we have something and then finding it can be a challenge for we sisters. Happily Juliette was able to quickly find the stars in her vast stash of beads and findings that she uses to make beautiful jewelry and one-of-a-kind art pieces. Scroll down to see photos of the making of the crown as well as additional images captured with the backdrop.
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