Food. Drink. Sleep. Books. They are all drugs. (Fay Weldon)
It has been over six months since my last art du jour post. I’ve missed that drug. See, I would add Netflix and Making Stuff to that list. I admit my addiction to all of the above.
These are the coffee pictures for my daughter. Her colours are grey and turquoise. There is a lot of black and white in her kitchen and I know she likes purple, so fingers crossed she will be happy with these. I am trying to be less chaotic with my creations but maybe it’s just not in me to make something calm and normal.
It’s a lazy Sunday here, perfectly gorgeous fall weather. We went for a stroll down to the mall and back in search of rimmer spices for Caesars. Do we have our priorities straight or what?
When we started this ‘update the look of your ’70’s house’ project I professed to not like grey. Then I said I didn’t like turquoise and I was really done with purple. Then I chose pelican grey for the master bedroom and both bathrooms and NOW I’m thinking turquoise and purple are really nice and maybe those should be my colour splashes in the bedroom and forget royal blue or red.
So I guess my point here is you can believe what I say today but don’t assume it will be equally true tomorrow. I’ve made up my mind to never make up my mind. Or some such nonsense. Posting this now before I rethink the whole thing.
Happy autumn Sunday.
This canvas sat on my easel for weeks, faceless lady in monster hat, making me sad and wanting to watch murder mysteries rather than finish what I started. Then I chucked her in with a stack of other stuff I still don’t know what to do with, except to keep it all in a stack under my paint shelves.
Yesterday I decided to at least fill in her face, and the rest just flowed from there. This no longer makes me sad and I don’t hate it. Yay! Mission accomplished. I love the purple and the turquoise but I have no idea what that hat is supposed to be made of. Let’s just chalk this one up to January boredom and blues, waiting for the sunshine.
One thing you can say for sure about this kind of art is that it would be hard to duplicate. Impossible to do the same thing twice.
I love these colours, how the green compliments the deep purple, the layers and the depth and all the weird things you can see if you stare at it long enough. There was no plan. The process is much like my writing. Start somewhere and off you go and who knows where it might all end up.
My gawd I just described my life.
Hope you are having a perfectly delightful Saturday!
When you have a poky little bathroom which will probably crumble to dust before it ever gets renovated, might as well make it fun, right? Maybe this fits the category of repurposed art, if there’s a sub category called completely obliterating the original.
That last photo is the before picture. I mean who am I kidding, this is not a spa in France. These are beautiful stretched canvases with (what has become to me) boring prints on them. I perked them up, and it was delightful fun.
Soon my entire house will look like an LSD trip from the sixties. If you’re coming over, bring your shades.
It’s the same picture from yesterday, but this time with indoor light from the left instead of bright daylight from the right.
It makes a big difference! Maybe I’ll keep posting this same piece in different places for the rest of the week….in moonlight, fluorescent light, candlelight….. No, don’t worry, I’m done.
Except to add that the candle colour matches the bathtub et.al.
There is a reason why you should look at paint samples on every wall of a room as well as at different times of the day and night before finally deciding on a colour. As if I’ve ever done that. But it sounds like a good idea, right? Right.
Also, don’t paint in the dark. What would you do without me? I meant in dim light. Because it will look surprisingly different in the morning.
Eons ago I bought a beautiful stretched canvas with art on it that I didn’t particularly like. It was the perfect size and shape to cover up anchored screw holes that were no longer needed to hold up a cabinet on my bathroom wall.
I love easy solutions to annoying little problems. I planned to one day paint over it with colours that better matched the weird purple fixtures that the original home owners chose, for reasons I can’t fathom.
One day we are also going to renovate this 1970’s bathroom because the fixtures are looking like hell. Well, they always did, but now they’re worn out as well.
So, the first ‘one day’ finally arrived and the canvas has been repurposed at last.
Here’s the process:
I painted over the original with gesso, added some glued on tissue paper and then sponged on colours I like better for the background.
Added butterfly and more bits of printed tissue.
Almost done. This is the part where I don’t know when to stop. Shapes with oil pastels, random stencils, ink stamps, splatter, and on and on until…..
Voila! Done. Back on the wall to cover up the holes. Until the renovation. Hey, it could happen! This did.