Monday, February 27, 2012
I've been slowly adding elements to our living room to make it complete. One of the big puzzle pieces that the room has been missing has been art. We had a stumbling block - The art I did like was out of our price range....so I decided to make my own.
I purchased a canvas in December, and it has since sat in the basement waiting for me to work on it. Although I've done abstract before (Perhaps not on purpose), doing it at such a huge scale like this [40" x 40"] proved to be intimidating. Fast forward to an evening last week and I felt a sudden need to paint. I had already primed the canvas black a few weeks earlier, so all I needed was the willpower to put that first brush stroke to the canvas. So when out of the blue I felt the need to paint - I did. And I'm happy to say, I love it!
Although this canvas could hang without framing, I'm going to get it framed. [pending costs] Right now it sits on the console, and is bringing beautiful colour to our room. I adore it. To read some tips of what helped me create the art, read more. :)
1. Study those you admire
Although some of you will say that I'm creative and something like this may come easy to me, I must insist that I was absolutely terrified at the idea of painting a 40" canvas. It's HUGE. So one thing I did to get comfortable with creating the art was that I studied art that liked and artists I admired. It helped me figure out what I wanted, brush strokes, colours. There is nothing wrong in taking inspiration. Trying to understand a style is perfectly acceptable by studying others - in fact, it's called learning. :)
2. Black Paint