I keep coming back to the inspiration provided by the cathedrals and churches we have seen on vacations over the past few years. There is something about the interplay of eternity and decay in the metal stone and paint of the structures that affects me deeply. I haven't sorted out what that all means, but I definitely feel the need to work it out in my recent folk art and tramp art work.
The previous cupboard that I made in this vein was the Tramp Art Cathedral. It had tall pointed spires and a number of drawers. I tried some new ideas to incorporate used tin cans and other metal into the wooden tramp art carving which I think added a lot of interest to the piece. This time I want to play with the round and pointed arches and doors from places like Notre Dame in Paris. These first few pictures show where I was when I started on the piece a couple of weeks ago. At this point I just have the basic body blocked in, no carving or applied pieces yet. The proportions are a little off right now with the doors closed, but I think it will be fine once I all of the layers of carving and metal.