At Last

  • Advertise with us
Project by Patricelejeune posted 546 days ago 1121 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
At Last
At Last No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

This picture as a story I find interesting.

Around 2000 I was coming back from work, a workshop in Paris suburbs when my high was attracted by an an old battered drawing portfolio in the trash. I looked at it and found century old studies from a Beaux-Arts student of the 1900 period. Novel art style tiles, studies, and water colors. Among them a watercolor of this dried leaf.

I was inexperience at marquetry, I knew how to cut fairly well, but had only done classical flowers and repairs. I thought this drawing was just perfect for an etude as I just had to follow the color code to create a piece.

When I was done with the marquetry, the color the shape of the pieces everything was similar to the watercolor but it did not work at all on marquetry.

This experience taught me something essential, each media got his character and a way to be read.

I cannot show you the original watercolor as I left it in France and I can not show you also the first marquetry as it is long gone in the trash. But I brought the first marquetry drawing along with me in the US and redrew it, this time thinking marquetry. The result is now more convincing because I drew it as a marquetry, changing slightly the lines, the colors etc.

In addition I asked Kristen Arrivee, our Art teacher at the American School of French Marquetry, to do a calligraphy to frame the piece in words.

I wanted to share that little story with you, as I have been asked some tips on marquetry drawing, and for me that was the first big lesson on the subject. It is not a problem to fail on a project and if that happened or if you are not totally happy, you can learn a great deal by rethinking it and redo it. Just like cutting, you will refine your work get more precise confortable and happy by doing so.

This baby got me a second place at the design in wood show in 2010

-- Patrice lejeune

9 comments so far

View DocSavage45's profile


4910 posts in 1476 days

#1 posted 546 days ago


Great journey!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View shipwright's profile


4931 posts in 1431 days

#2 posted 546 days ago

Simple but perfect… love the cast shadow.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

View stefang's profile


12947 posts in 1968 days

#3 posted 546 days ago

This one sure turned out well. I saw this piece on your website, but I couldn’t identify it because it was a rather small photo. I’m glad to know what it is and to discover how beautifully done it is.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View justoneofme's profile


616 posts in 1113 days

#4 posted 544 days ago

Beautiful in its simplicity Patrice … and a wonderful choice of grain pattern in the oak background. The calligraphy … Does it depict your story about this beautiful piece?

-- Elaine in Duncan

View oldnovice's profile


3714 posts in 2001 days

#5 posted 544 days ago

Geez lejeune, this is just the most beautiful piece I have ever seen and on top of that the story behind it, the framework, and the calligraphy. You didn’t miss on any point!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

View a1Jim's profile


112016 posts in 2211 days

#6 posted 544 days ago


-- Custom furniture

View Fishinbo's profile


11217 posts in 809 days

#7 posted 543 days ago

Impressive and very creative piece! Every detail is amazing and totally added to its beauty.

View EPJartisan's profile


1052 posts in 1759 days

#8 posted 534 days ago

it looks so simple, but totally blows me away. I am so digging the carbonized shadows.. I have to find a way to use that in one of my pieces. Great story.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

View Patricelejeune's profile


246 posts in 554 days

#9 posted 534 days ago

Yes shading is one of the nice assets of marquetry. But it comes with the design, so call for it a lot, midly or not.

-- Patrice lejeune

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase