I just finished a new painting, the shape is kind of cool because it’s long and thin, measuring 10×30 inches. The red and green in this painting are really vibrant and there is a subtle texture that picked up some of the running colours adding more texture and interest.
I really love this colour combination and lately have wanted to repaint my living room. I’m not sure yet but this red is really calling to me. We have black/brown pine floors and the current colour is butter yellow. But this red, on at least one or two walls would be incredibly rich and vibrant.
Before we had yellow walls and the black/brown floors I had two of the walls painted black against a caramel coloured floor. Black seems extreme but it actually worked really well. I have so much art on my walls that ends up covering a lot of any colour, which helps tone it down considerably. The funny thing about the black walls was that I had meant to paint them a dark olive green. I had almost finished when my oldest son came home and asked why I was painting the living room black. I argued with him for about five minutes that it was a dark olive green and only looked black in the lighting. Turns out I had grabbed the wrong paint can and ended up painting the room with exterior black paint. But it really did look unique and all the art looked amazing against the black so I lived with it for a few years.
House On The Ridge 10×30 inches available for sale on Ugallery
Yesterday I worked on two paintings, one of a tornado at the request of a client who is also buying my lightning bolt painting. The other a beach scene triptych, which is two separate paintings that when hung together make one picture. So yesterday was a busy day in my painting world. Things got messy, as they often do when I’m in the middle of a commission. But what stresses me out the most on these types of days, when I have more then one piece on the go is keeping the paintings away from my cats while they dry. There is nothing worse then seeing little blue footprints on the floor before you see they have walked across the painting. My goal this year is to get a closed off room to myself for my art that is free of kids and animals. What bliss it would be to leave a painting to dry and not have to chase a cat or kid out of the house!
There is something so peaceful about a breezy summer day, the sound of children playing, a dog barking in protest somewhere in the distance and the gentle flapping of laundry hanging on the line.
I’ve been doing a laundry line series for quite a few years now and it sells really well. A lot of people use these paintings to cheer up their laundry rooms, or their living spaces. They have even been hung in nurseries. They have such a fun, whimsical feel about them and they always remind me of summer.