Secret Places Art 40-49 For the #100dayproject

I can’t believe I haven’t run out of ideas for this project yet! I keep getting more and more as I go through my original brainstormed list. I ended my book sale with this last new illustration for “The Secret of Sterling House.” My family-friendly treasure hunt book with a giant Victorian house and some very smart, inquisitive children. The last piece I did was how the children found the first clue- in a bricked-up room in their basement.

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No. 41 “Faux”

Pen and ink story about our cistern caps.

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No. 42 “Sconces”

An ash clean-out door with a gas line feeding through it to the gas logs in the fireplace above. Just about anything can be a hidden room, secret passage, hiding place, or dead space! I’ve learned to keep my mind more open about that as I have done this project!

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No. 43 “Escape”

Our window seat on the stairs- the inside of the bench is hollow and full of…nothing.

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No. 44 “Decadence”

Doodling from a children’s book while watching all the Sketchbook Skool live drawing parties during Covid!

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No. 45 “Coquettish”

Bird’s Eye view of our rotten front porch. Wood porches are a huge burden to maintain and not many are left. We re-decked this soon after moving in. We wanted to leave a plastic Halloween skeleton in the huge, cavernous dead space underneath to scare the next owners, but it turns out it would just be us again- time to patch!

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No. 46 “Lichenous”

Obsolete steam pipes in our basement.

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No. 47 “Sinewy”

Inside our Arco Ideal Water Boiler that used to heat our house. It was converted sometime from coal (we still have a very small coal pile in the basement) to gas.

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No. 48 “Burners”

The thermometer from the boiler. The engraved numbers look just like my late Dad’s handwriting.

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No. 49 “Water Boils”

I’m having more fun with this project than I ever thought! See you soon for more!

-Jaime

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