The Gift of Art
posted: December 23, 2010

This is the time of year when I make something special for the people nearest and dearest. I absolutely refuse to participate in the consumer frenzy, and so would rather devote my time in the peaceful pursuit of something meaningful. For a while now, I've been reclaiming cigar boxes and building environments within. My only rule is that it must be constructed entirely of watercolor on handmade paper (toothpicks for support). This box, #4 in a series, was made for my daughter who spent a semester in Tuscanny last year, and fell completely in love with the region. She described the particular light as a day was coming to a close, and the pastoral views of the countryside from her veranda. Luckily, she'd sent me a photo that I saved, from the vantage point of the balcony, which I recreated with a little artistic liscence.
Outside, when closed. Part of the challenge is to find an appealing box....

Tim OBrien December 23, 2010
That's beautiful.
Christoph Hitz December 23, 2010
Handmade Christmas presents are the best.
Richard Downs December 23, 2010
Jeff Moores December 23, 2010
I echo your sentiments. Very nice!
Robert Saunders December 23, 2010
Great depiction of Tuscany, David, I lived there for years and loved it, you're spot-on with this.
Rob Dunlavey December 23, 2010
Lucky kid. Lucky Dad!
Hal Mayforth December 23, 2010
Beautiful on all levels, David.
Victor Juhasz December 23, 2010
Gorgeous. What a unique and wonderful gift.
Gothard December 23, 2010
Thanks to all for your generous comments!
Brian Stauffer December 23, 2010
How can I get on this gift list? Wow, David.
Julia Breckenreid December 24, 2010
Really beautiful David, something to treasure.
Greg Clarke December 28, 2010
Incredible David.
Gothard December 29, 2010
Thank you... the end goal was to capture a memory and as it turned out, my daughter was overwhelmed with emotion. Next box.
Anthony Santiago February 11, 2011
That is so beautiful.Thank you for sharing.