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May 2, 2012

Geometric Painting Knock-off


I took a stab at making a geometric painting (inspiration below).  I painted a canvas a shade of grey I mixed, using acrylic paint.  It is a bit darker than the inspiration, because I didn't want it to blend in with the basement walls (where I think it's destined to hang).  Then I drew the pattern I wanted with a pencil and ruler.


Using a short, hard bristled brush I traced my lines in white paint (I needed to go over them twice for an opaque look).  Then I filled in the triangles.





The result:





Meh.

This is the original Etsy inspiration (which must have sold because everyone's links are an Etsy dead-end.  Anyone know the seller?)  I didn't realize until writing this post how overboard I went on the coloured triangles. 

Via Pinterest

Kristin F. Davis did a tutorial for Pantone.  Even though she started with same piece as inspiration, hers and mine look totally different from each others' and the original.

Kristin F Davis Designs

Honestly, I think I like mine the least.  Sad face.  But copying the work of someone else is not as easy as one might think.  Further, just making a decent abstract is tough.  It can slide into cheesy, my-kid-could-paint-that territory super quickly. 

 

But I gave it a whirl.  Unless I have the urge to paint over it (I'm seriously tempted), it will be making an appearance in the decorated basement.  Maybe a better method might have been to use some type of white marker (do those exist?) and make the white lines with a marker and ruler.  I'm also not convinced about my composition, it looks wobbly and unbalanced.


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19 comments

  1. I do like the idea of soft geometry, though. the free-handed white lines are a nice touch.

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    1. Awww, thanks. As I was justifying the woobliness, I did think maybe too-straight lines would just look like a fabric print and maybe this is more "painterly"?

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  2. Oh no don't paint over it! I love it! It looks great

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  3. It looks amazing Tanya! You are so talented.

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  4. We are always our worst critic, I love your work! I'm glad you posted this even though you might not be 100% happy with it. I think it is amazing, thank you ;)

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    1. I always enjoy when people blog about projects they too feel a little "meh" about. It helps me realize things are not always so dreamy perfect for other people, which makes my not always dreamy/perfect life seem more normal.

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  5. The most important thing is that you got some gold triangles in there....that was my favorite part. :D

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    1. Nice to meet you Melanie! Thanks for stopping by! It looks like you have a blog too, so I'm going to check it out ASAP!

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  7. Ι think you did a great job! Love it! Ideas are all over my head now!

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    1. Awesome! So glad to hear you're feeling inspired!

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  8. OOoooh, that's awesome. And looks like a lot of fun to make. I love it!!
    XO Samantha

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  9. So yeah...you got 2 features from me today! ♥

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  10. it looks awesome!! thank you for sharing.

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  11. Me likely!! I'm going to hobby lobby now to get a canvas and try this!!

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    1. Yay!! Thanks! I'm so happy for you. You're going to have so much fun painting! You'd make me a happy blogger if you'd email me your version when it's all done. I bet it will be totally different and absolutely amazing!

      (dans.le.townhouse@gmail.com)

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