If you know where that quote comes from, you may be a child of the ’80s : ] (By the way, it was said by Lisa on Saved By the Bell).
After my first two attempts at creating a diptic, I took a more structured approach to creating a painting for our living room by creating a board of large scale art. Only what I ended up creating looked nothing like anything I had pinned. I wanted lots of color and total abstraction and ended up with just the opposite: a two-tone highly geometric piece. Sometimes you just end up doing what you want to do.
I taped off a square leaving additional room towards the bottom edge (it gives more visual rest) and painted the inside white. White on off-white, things are starting to get exciting here.I created a pattern with the intent to tape it onto the back, shine a light through, and trace directly on the canvas. Only after, hrm, five or so coats of paint, light is not getting through. So I penciled the lines, flipped it onto my canvas, and gave it a rub. I know there’s a technique for using tape to create lines (particularly for chevron stripes) but I never quite like the look; I prefer to just free-hand it.On to the second canvas. I love going through Anak’s camera to see what he found camera worthy. On that day, apparently it was me painting :] Warms my little heart.If you’ll notice, the lower half has two coats of gold paint and the look is a bit heavy. I actually liked having the paint strokes visible.So I tried removing a layer with nail polish remover hoping the strokes would come through.But they didn’t so I added some more white paint then another light coat of gold paint.Here they are together. And there’s my floor lamp that I picked up from the swap meet on the same trip as finding my canvases. The lamp was $5 (working bulb included!) and the trapezoidal lampshade I picked up from Target for $12 and spray painted it black.I think getting those pillow covers will add some nice color (finally).Oh, and I left this combo out as a little hint to The Hubs to please find a way to mount the art lamp above my diptic only I think he thought I was leaving my stuff lying around all over the place…as usual…
Have you ever purchased original art for your home? Or do you stick to making it yourself?