In the Contiguous U.S.
Walking on Eggshells features a tightrope walker treading carefully.
I start by painting the whole surface black then apply layers of black mixed with other colors where light hits the scene. Ensuring a smooth transition between tones is time-consuming, more so if I accidentally bump or ding the fragile surface. Any small impression ruins the effect and has to be carefully repaired. (You can imagine why I say this with such certainty.)
The balancing toy is a “Whirling Wilmer” from the 1920s. His pointy toe can balance on many odd surfaces. (I’ve even gotten him to balance on a piece of string.) The ladder is the original prop that came with the toy. The whole eggs are made from plastic, found in the floral department of a craft store; the eggshells were saved from a breakfast and carefully washed.
FOR THE PRINT ONLY: I’ve created a companion piece for Walking on Eggshells called On the Ball.