Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Art, Old and New

I was rummaging around in the storage cupboard looking for some of my special collage papers, having suddenly gotten the urge to get all gluey. At the back of the cupboard I found some artwork I had shoved in there when I moved in last summer and decided to haul it out and have a look.  There were a few which I had forgotten about and some I had thought I'd lost.  There is probably nobody more critical of my art than I am myself, but one of the ways I test a piece to see if I truly like it or am just emotionally attached to the effort I put into it, is to put it out of sight for several months and then look at it with a fresh perspective.  If I hate it, it is destined to be painted over.  Sometimes, amazingly, I actually like it.  Another of my strategies is to do the very opposite and hang it up and look at it every day to decided if I can live with it.  This usually leads to minor touch ups and changes.  It takes me awhile to step back and out of a new painting and see it properly. 


When I first moved in I unpacked and decorated cautiously.  I think perhaps I had the crazy notion that I might experiment with minimalism or a limited colour palette.   But now that little moment of insanity is over, I find myself wanting to hang colourful art.  That means finding old pieces or painting more.  Currently I am trying to distract myself from a bedroom wall colour I grow to dislike more and more as time goes by. In good lighting it's light brown but often takes on a sort of baby poo green-brown tint which doesn't work too well with my favoured jewel tones.  Colour affects me deeply and I tend to have strong emotional reactions to it.  Rarely am I neutral about a colour.  People will tell you that certain colours are calming and others are invigourating, and perhaps there is some truth to that, but I think there is a more personal response involved.

A colour scheme that is soothing, calm and serene to some, is bland and sometimes even too cold for my taste.  What is calming to me are colours that make me happy and those are often quite strong colours.  Darker colours make me feel secure whereas pale colours can almost make me panic, feeling unanchored.  Pale colours make me feel cold but darker colours, even if they are cool with blue undertones, feel warmer to me.  A room done in pastels or pale neutrals will make me edgy.  Apparently this is not the norm but I doubt I am the only person like this.  So, all of this is my lengthy explanation as to why I am adding colourful art to my bedroom.




I really can't decide what colour to paint the walls but in the meantime I will just cover them with every colour I love painted on canvas.

26 comments:

  1. omg! LOVE this paintings! if you don´t want them anymore one day - on my sage green bedroom walls i have lots of space.....
    (joking - we need to repair the complete bathroom installation, no money for art this days)
    and otherwise - no need for justification and the thought of being the only freak around here ;-)
    sugary pastels make me shiver, this trendy ice white rooms too. gray walls (huge trend!) look like prison cells to me. one of the reasons i use simple chalk and mineral pigments in my house are the matte, warm, deep colors they make.

    please show us the finished decorated room!!!!

    xxxx

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    1. I am extremely touched that you think you would need money for my art. LOL I will have to hire someone to paint my walls so that will certainly cost me a little more. I need to start setting aside money for that and curtail the shopping at thrifts stores. I am really hoping that I can get my bedroom and bathroom painted this summer.
      I know the pale grey walls you are talking about. I don't understand the appeal but that trend has not yet gone away. I could paint my walls white if it were a soft warm white, and sometimes wonder if I should do that and then just add the colour with everything else-textiles, paintings, decor etc but I am as yet undecided.
      xo

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  2. Wow that first painting of the flowers is gorgeous! I needs to be hanging somewhere.

    When I painted I did lots of portraits, which aren't the easiest thing to work into home decor. We do still have quite a few of them up, but I'm ready for a change. I'd like a more contemporary styling.

    I do think colour is huge for affecting people's moods. When I was working as a illustrator for a company in Surrey I was super stressed all the time. I used to hike at East Sooke park and think all the while that I was breathing out red and yellow and breathing in blue and green. Visually and mentally it helped calm me down and relieve my stress.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thank you! I have to get it framed as it is on a flat board and not a stretched canvas like I usually use. So for now it just leans. I like doing portraits too, or actually I often do people who are in my head, just made up. I find that others don't get that and think I'm weird. LOL I do know what you mean about that not being the easiest thing to work with as decor. They are more of a statement piece I think unless you wish to have the look of a wall of ancestors.
      You sound like a dragon, breathing out red and yellow. It's good that the visualisation helped you. I've never had to try that but perhaps painting is my way of doing that. I have found myself having difficulty relaxing in many rooms or buildings where the colours bother me.
      xo
      xo

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    2. I think it's so awesome that you can visualize people in your head! I am terrible with faces, so much so that I usually cannot mentally picture the faces of those even very close to me. I've never been able to make a face up from scratch.

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    3. I am probably better at visualising invented people than I am at real ones. LOL I am not quite sure that I don't make the real people uglier than they really are so I feel it is much kinder of me just to make pretend people.

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  3. I know what you mean! I always try to do minimalist and end up in the same colourful mess! I love deep colours like in art galleries that shows of the art so well. Your blog background for example! Gorgeous!

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    1. I would like a bedroom something similar to this blog background colour. I don't think it will work here though because I have plae carpet and white trim and no funds to be changing those.

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  4. I'm with you on colour! I have one room in my house which is beige, it is my least favourite room, I don't know what it is, I just don't find it relaxing at all in there - your artwork is vibrant, beautiful and alive, it would be an absolute pleasure looking at them, the beige can be a basic backdrop where your art is the star x x x

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    1. Yes, it's not really beige I object to so much in this case as it is the greenish undertone that shows up in certain lighting. One room which I thought would drive me crazy and actually doesn't is the spare bedroom which has pale chartreuse walls. I have decorated the room with vibrant purples, oranges and dark pinks and I actually love the look of that with the chartreuse.
      xo

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  5. Cover your walls with enough fabulous paintings and it won't matter what colour they are.
    xx

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  6. I love your pictures! The colors and patterns are really nice - I can see that they would brighten up a room. I know the color you're talking about in your bedroom. It seems they were doing a lot of new houses in that color when we were house-hunting. I call the color "cow shit and cream."

    Interesting about your reactions to pale colors, but I can see how dark colors are soothing and make you feel anchored. Also, I love to glue things! And then peel the glue off my fingers.

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    1. My home was built in '82 but the previous owner repainted a year or two before she sold it to me. She went for earthy tones which I usually like but something about this one gets nasty in some lighting. Many people don't pay attention to how colour changes in different lighting and don't realise how difficult it is to get something really neutral. There is usually an undertone that is either cool or warm and beiges are one of the most challenging to work with that way.
      I remember when I was in elementary school we thought it was so much fun to put the white school glue in a thin layer all over our hands and then peel it off. It would look like you were peeling off your skin and it appealed to our macabre natures. Now I am imagining you doing this. :D
      xo

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  7. These are your creations? How beautiful! Those pink blooms in the green pot is gorgeous, I keep scrolling back up to have another look. x

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    1. Yes, these are mine. Most art in my home is mine, with a couple of exceptions, because painting my own is much cheaper! LOL-there is also the fact that I am compelled to paint and splash colour everywhere. Thank you for admiring them.
      xo

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  8. Shawna, I can relate to many things here. I too forget about what I created earlier! It can be anything - from a piece of writing to a piece of clothing which I made in previous years. I often find stories or poems I wrote and totally forgot about. More often then not, I like them. I don't like those where I was too thinky. It always shows. Art should be from your soul to really touch deeply, not from your brain... And I am always indefinitely surprised - I actually wrote this?! Not the same with clothing (or if I drew something, though I am just a rookie), it's harder to forget when it is so physical, but yes, that happens too.

    I have strong reactions to colors, just like you, very personal. For long time I did not like most of blue hues. I find that it changes as I change. I am now actually interested in blue hues, not all of them of course, but in general they are rather "in" for me.

    I love that your art is so rich and vibrant! I would not survive in a brown room, no way. The first thing I did when we moved in this cottage, I painted it sunny rich golden yellow - painted over sort of gloomy (in my taste) brown. I could not exist in totally white room at all. It is not just boring, it is scary to me, very medical and impersonal. I am usually gravitating towards rich warm tones, and a few of those at once - I love colorful rooms, they have character, they tell stories! Though I love neutral as well, there should be some neutrals for a feeling of balance and groundness for me.

    I love your plan to decorate your walls with your bright and very happy art! I hope you can have your blah walls redone soon! :)

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  9. It is interesting that you did not like blues as they seem to be the most popular colours. I have never met someone who dislikes blue. There are a couple of shades of it I am not crazy about but I usually find that I like them in combinations with other colours and sometimes it depends on whether the colour is opaque or translucent. For instance, I love turquoise glass but would hate a wall painted turquoise.
    When I paint rich and vibrant paintings, whether they are abstract or not, I feel like I am painting with the essence of who I am.

    I know what you mean about rediscovering your writing too. I sometimes find things I want to burn and other times I think oh I rather like that. I have several notebooks on the go at one time, so they all contain older bits of writing. I might temporarily lose track of a particular notebook and not write in it for awhile.
    xo

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  10. When I saw the flowers, I swooned. I'm loving all three of these lovely paintings!!! You go, Girl! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  11. Thanks for your support and encouragement T!

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  12. Yes, I think most of us react to colour, I like all colours to wear (stronger shades, I struggle more with neutrals) but just because I like clothing in mad colourful prints doesn't necessarily mean I want them all over the walls of my house! Sometimes you need a quieter background to display beloved pictures and objects. Your paintings are beautiful, such strong use of colours, I love them. xxx

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    1. In my home I use slightly muted versions of the colours I like, so I'd say it's more a combination of earth tones and muted jewel tones with a smattering of the brighter jewel tones. The same colour that is in my bedroom is in my living room and it works fine there because the overall look is a bit more earthy. I want a cooler tone in the bedroom. I am much more inclined to mix prints and use a wide variety of colours together in my home than I am on my person. I really don't want to stand out in a crowd.
      xo

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  13. You certainly have an eye for color! I adore the first painting! Keep it up- you're a talented soul.

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    1. Thank you, it's nice to receive encouragement. Painting makes me happy but being able to create something that can make others happy to brings a whole other level of fulfillment.

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  14. Thank you, Jayne. I do indeed aim to be colourful with my art. It's the best way I have of expressing that side of me as I cannot actually dress that way.

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