It takes patience, perseverance and ingenuity to simplify the subjects of paintings.
Brendel uses delicate brushes and a magnifying glass for the detailed work, and has an unexpected tool on his easel: a cat mustache glued to a pencil.
“The end closest to the cat’s cheek is flat and blunt and offers a sharp edge,” Brendel said. “It will give me that skinny line that I need.”
Much of Brendel’s work is inspired by floral paintings found in museums. Bright orange poppies standing in fields, pink and purple flowers artfully arranged in vases, and peonies from her garden are depicted on a scaled-down canvas.
Tiny clippers, brightly colored birds and religious figures are also part of his portfolio. She will also paint personalized pieces of family portraits, pets and wedding bouquets.
Brendel sells silver and gold-plated oil painting pendants at his Centerville studio boutique. Prices range from $ 50 to $ 250.
Each year, the Elizabeth Diamond Company features a local artist and this week will begin selling the Solid Silver, 14k Yellow Gold, and 14k Rose Gold Oil Painting Pendants at their Centerville location, 7245 Far Hills Ave. An open house showcasing jewelry will take place on October 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Prices will range from $ 400 to $ 1,300. Diamonds and gemstones can be added to the mount for an additional charge.
Cody Pinnick, a jewelry designer at the store, helped Brendel design the intricate frames surrounding his paintings.
“This is a project that I dived into head first because I thought it was a really good idea to display art like that,” Pinnick said. “Normally art is kept in the house and hidden away, and you can’t show it off. It’s a good way to take it with you.
WANT TO GO?
What: Open house featuring oil painting pendants by artist Cecilia Brendel
Or: Elizabeth Diamond Company, 7245 Far Hills Ave, Centerville
When: October 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Brendel’s gallery and boutique, The Olde Masters Galleria, is located at 25 Irongate Park Drive, Centerville
More information: http://www.ceciliabrendel.com/