I’ve been a fan ever since I first saw Janet Shearer’s work nearly 17 years ago and have been following her inspirational work. I found a couple of sites a while ago and have also mentioned her work in a previous Christmas post just last year. Since it’s getting that time of year again, hard to believe, and the dreary winter months are ahead, I think it’s timely to post a few that I think really stand out.
First, Janet Shearer herself in front of one of her creations inspired by a cafe in Venice. She painted this mural in St. Austell with famous figures who had some connection to the town.
Thinking of Christmas….and Italy, where I’d love to be…
It is interesting to note that Janet’s work is painstakingly meticulous and tedious, as would be expected of anything that looks this exceptional. She was a former model, then set designer and now she makes her living painting trompe l’oeil murals for nearly $8,000 for a 8 x 5′ mural — depending on the detail of course. That may be a steal for this talent. I’d get mine on canvas, however, and as seen above in the right mural scene, she does paint on canvas and then installs.
And then, I’ve always loved these exterior and interior vignettes. They turn what is outside in upon itself. I love that trickery of trompe l’oeil. This second one with the flooring’s style and perspective reminds me of Vermeer.
The search for Vermeer’s painting the Music Lesson, with the floor that I’m remembering (also with reference to the Dining Room in the Faux House) brought me to two interesting sites. The picture link above shows what this room would have looked like based on Vermeer’s camera obscurra that he often used to force perspective and the second site I discovered is Mubi and the post link of Stolen Paintings that were Never Recovered. Unfortunately, Vermeer’s painting The Concert is listed as stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Fortunately, I had at least seen it but once.