This post necessitates a little flashback pic: our old apartment, before we became bona fide homeowners. Woot. Recognize the chairs & red bowl? Still love ’em.
|See my painting?|
This seems like so long ago – look how super short my hair was:
Anyway, what I wanted to blog about was the painting I made. I favor abstract, mostly because I’m not a good artist. (But I also choose abstracts willingly when selecting, or just ogling, art from artists who have the mad skills to paint anything). In any case, the painting I made (in the first pic) has garnered many nods of approval from friends and family, so I thought I’d post about how I did it:
- I actually painted over another painting I made, and hated, so you could use a fresh, clean canvas or an acrylic painting you find second hand (added bonus – already framed)
- Using a ruler & permanent marker, I mapped out a grid pattern
- Then I just painted away (using acrylic-oil takes forever to dry), painting each marked off square a different colour
- Try to vary the lights & darks but not too perfectly
|Up close and personal with my painting|
You might not like the colours I chose (I’m not as in love with them anymore either, so this painting now lives in our to-be-spruced-up basement) but you can choose absolutely any colour combo (like these works by shanuo):
Spookily like mine, but I hadn’t seen this
until working on this post . . . think I have a long lost twin?
Or you could try some less “perfect” squares (I did some less perfect squarish paintings for bedroom, see here) and try something more imperfect like Gareth Bate:
Or maybe more layered, like Oskar Fischinger’s work:
Or maybe just a few big squares, like Josef Albers:
The point, I think, is to have fun and paint something you like. I don’t pretend to be an artist and I hesitantly call what I make “art,” but “colourful squares painted on canvas for wall decoration” is so verbose, so “art” it is! I’ve made three paintings for our bedroom (see here) & I also painted the large tree in the office (see here) – plus loads of other paintings that never made it onto a wall!
Have you painted anything fun recently?