The painting I made for the kitchen really breaks a lot of “rules” about art. I wanted something pretty, something vintage-y but modern, something that “went” with the kitchen & I set to work with these goals in mind, which is a big no-no for many professional artists and I respect that. Art is about more than decorating. So, I want it to be clear that what I’ve made is really more “craft” than art. A fun project, a hobby I enjoy, and not an artistic statement.
|Finally – a slightly sunnier day for a fresh new photo
P.S. Ignore the bananas, we’re on a fruit smoothie kick
First I bought a large square canvas on sale (I have been stockpiling them whenever I find a good price). I tend to just move paint around as the mood strikes (see here & here for examples of other paintings I have made), but this time I challenged myself by doing something a bit more controlled: circles. I cheated and sketched them out first:
Then, with a variety of paintbrushes (one big, a couple small – all with shorter bristles for more precision), I worked the circles and background alternately so that there would be “movement” – I didn’t want the painting to look like a flat wallpaper pattern (although that would look nifty too). I used my brushes to create subtle texture and followed the perimeter of the circle with paint, instead of painting across the circle. I used acrylic paint because I like the fast drying time and easy clean up – plus you can easily paint over areas you don’t like! That is something I definitely did once or twice.
|Mmmmm . . . textured.|
My tip: to make a crisp, clean pastel (think Easter & nurseries) use a white like titanium white. For the vintage-y pastels (you can really see the difference in the pink circles) use titanium buff. You’d be surprised how little of the coloured paint (red + white for pink, etc) you need.
Although I was initially inspired by the pattern on a vintage lunch set I have (first photo), I used the painting to unify elements in the kitchen: the red accents, black & white floor, black & white houndstooth chairs, and (of course) the pale green and turquoise that I love.
|My original inspiration: my vintage luncheon set
(there’s two more with the set!)
|Black & white floor we’ve chosen to work with
(as opposed to replace)
|Black & white houndstooth print I chose to recover the chairs with,
to go with the floor
|Colourful kitchen accents|
I also tried not to compete with the artwork in or near the kitchen, like Hubby’s grandpa’s painting (below) or my mom’s print (above the kitchen sink).