I really hope so cause I’ve just about run out of white paint trying to (re-re)finish my painting! Lemme back up a bit. You may recall when I was reflecting on the progress of my living room, that I wanted to incorporate more second hand finds. I had asked The Hubs to make a giant stretcher board for me to create a canvas above the sofa but I came across these two 3’x3′ paintings at the swap meet and they seemed like a good deal (that, and I’m impatient—The Hubs is still away for several more weeks). I haggled them down to $25 for the pair with the intent to use them together as a diptic. Hard to make your own canvases with frames for cheaper than that! I pulled out the staples securing the canvases to their frames giving myself a blister in the process. These things were legit! After giving the canvases and frames a wipe down with my go-to concoction (a mixture of white vinegar, water, soap, and lemon juice), I let them dry overnight. The next day I realized they must have been housed in a smoker’s home so I took them outside, frebeezied them (another one of my homemade concoctions), and left them out overnight. Then repeated the whole process two or three more times, it was that bad. I gave them a yellow tone and added some white texture. I left it alone for a bit and thought about stopping right there. They were pretty but I knew I wanted more color.So the next night I added another layer. The next night another. Then another. By then I knew it just wasn’t happening. I should have known by the very first yellow tone. The yellow was too rich when really I just wanted a warm white. And I was incorporating too many painting techniques. It was a mess and I didn’t know how to fix it. So I started over.And came up with this. I also quite liked it but it wasn’t what I was going for (not that I knew what I was going for but whatever it was, this wasn’t it).So I gave the boards a fresh coat of white with a greige undertone that I’m pretty happy with.
Creating art for a living space is a bit different than just creating art for the sake of art. I kept standing back and thinking, Is this what I want to be looking at every day? Will this go with the rest of the decor? If I was just creating art, I would have pressed on or called it a day and added the piece to my portfolio. But this is a bit different.
So I’m going to comb through more images and figure out what I’m trying to create and then pick one or two painting techniques and stick to them.
Have you created art for your home? Do you have a abstract painting technique that works for you?