While searching for a better way to store my ever growing collection of paint supplies and paintings, I decided to organize closets and things around the house. As one thing always leads to another, I came to the realization that my storage is completely filled with used/hand-me-down items. This, of course, lead to the realization that my entire home is full of items I did not select, but accepted for one reason or another. Once I chewed on that realization for a while, I came to the conclusion that my home is everything except my own.
I have discovered the ultimate blank canvas.. My house!
We moved here in December of 2001. It was a cosmetic fixer upper. Although structurally sound, the decor has been done in an aimless array of rustic country to Victorian detail, usually right next to each other. The trouble I am having is that my "style" is neither rustic country, nor victorian.
It is 2007 and my house looks as shabby as the day I moved into it. The cause: Creative Intimidation. I cannot call what I have creative block since I have tons of ideas. I want murals on the walls and trompe loeil on the ceilings. I want marbeled walls and stenciled entries. I want old world charm. I want Star Trek style science fiction. Can I have a holodeck? Would it be all together wrong to paint mural of a a fantasy style Dwarf holding a tricorder in a Tuscan landscape on Mars? The only real decision I have made so far is that I want to paint monsters in all of my closets. My girls think it is a wonderful idea.
Then I asked myself "What do normal people do?" and I started watching HGTV and started researching lots of decorating ideas. I have taken more than a dozen quizzes to discover my "style". I have figured out that I am "eclectic" and I love color. I have also figured out that I despise wallpaper border and wood paneling.
Here are some links I have discovered that I bookmarked for no particular reason whatsoever:
Your House as a painting
Decorative Paint Techniques
The Theory and Practice of Perspective
Nancy Ray Taylor videos
It was much easier when I was painting for other people!
Eternal Wait - I finally quit fidgeting with this one. It is #graphite on 8.5x11 smooth bristol board. It is nice to get something to a finish. No matter where I roam in media, graphite will always be my true love. I will be taking this to #Shakedown3 this weekend if you want to see it in person. #art #artist #drawingvia Instagram
Toxic - This is a journal entry before words are added.The topic of toxic people has been coming up in many discussions lately. This is how I think it would look if you could make a visual image. This started as a simple form study and ended up as this. #journal #art #artjournal #selfcare #toxicpeople #getitoutofmyheadvia Instagram
Number 3 in my quest to complete #inktober2017 I started with an ink wash and then used my Microns to accent the details. This is definitely an experiment worth repeating. It reminds me of the interior illustrations in books when I was a kid It is #ink on #watercolorpostcard #art #artist #drawing #illustrationvia Instagram