This painting below was made for my daughter Gabe. She asked for something bright and either with flowers or boats. I decided to paint in a flat, modernistic style and this is how it turned out.
I loved her painting so much that I wanted one similar for myself (or ourselves since Dan has to live with it too). I used a wider canvas, actually a 20x24x2 birch wood surface. I chose to paint anemones, pink of course, a minty turquoise wall paint, the same tablecloth (seen in a Matisse painting) an orange table and then I added objects; a ceramic dish that Gabe made for me in her 9th grade ceramics class, a hershey kiss, and then a set of house keys to our very house. I love how it turned out too and now it is hanging so cheerily in our bedroom.
The finished painting
Saturday I finished what has been my most challenging painting to date. I saw a little photo on a paint store ad of a child on a yellow chair. Inspiration struck, I sketched out my interpretation and got to work and now it is hanging in the kitchen "Going for the Candy Jar".
When I think about color I think about what a neighbor back in Elko, Nevada said to me almost 30 years ago - she was and is an interior decorator and she told me that most people are afraid of color. They like color but they are afraid to use it in their homes because they are paralyzed by two concerns - reselling their home and what will people think? Here's what another designer had to say about that in this quote I found in House Beautiful. Read below. P.S. - those kitchen walls above might be getting a new color this winter - we'll see.
Here are some pictures from magazines featuring homes where people aren't afraid to use color nor do they care what others think. I adore all of these pictures, I go back to them again and again. As a matter of fact, I'm trying to convince Dan that we need to paint our den that fabulous deep coral pink! (it's probably not going to happen - I'll have to paint the Jungle room that color)
My favorite artist of all, Henri Matisse, because of his brilliant use of color and unique painting style, is going to be featured at an exhibit in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts April 9 - July 9 2017 - I can't wait to go!! Here are a couple of his paintings from the MFA website.
Don't you want to stand by those pink flowers and look out at the pink houses and ocean? I do.
And more color from my house - Copper!
For the whole time we have lived in this house, this bar sink was dark, almost black like the dark bronzed faucet. I knew it was copper from the hammered finish but I didn't realize how easy it would be to restore the color until I had spotted some metal polish at the hardware store and thought to try it. Ten minutes later, look at the glorious sheen that was previously a black abyss. And more copper below, something fun - on Etsy I found an earring hanger made from copper tubing and wire - I have had all my earrings stored in piles in three compartments of a jewelry box for all of my adult life and I was sick of it so recently this hanger came in the mail and I spent a pleasant evening hour organizing my earrings. This hanger holds 75 or 150 pairs depending on how you hang them. Isn't is cute?
Today I made colorful curtains for the kitchen.
And here's a glimpse of colored pots and my colorful dress from an alley way in Cordoba Spain for more color love on this Snow Day!
And here's our cheerful house just as the two day (Sunday-Monday) storms are about to begin! By the way, I love snow. I love winter. Yesterday Dan and I took a walk on the golf course trails just before the heavy snowfall began and we probably should have used our snow shoes but we didn't and we were as comfortably warm in our coats, boots and mittens out in that winter wonderland as we would have been walking in our shorts on a summer day.
So long! I'll post next when we return from Mexico!