Reader Q: Canvassing for Ideas
Now that I have hung my awesomely large modern painting in my living room, I am finally able to decide what to hang on the other walls. As I’m on a budget (the kind that doesn’t include, heaven forfend, purchases of professional art) I’d like to make a piece of art (maybe 2′x3′ or 3′x4′) to hang on one of the other walls.
I know I won’t be the first to make my own art. Julia did it at Open Hand Living. Sherry does it often at Young House Love. Dixie did it at Dixie DIY. And I know there’s many more of you out there who have done the same thing. (Just can’t remember specifics right now!)
But I need a vision. I’ve been scouring the internet for inspiration pieces. I’m hoping to do something along the lines of a mid-century modern work, but at the same time don’t just want to paint a blue square on a white canvas and call that art. I don’t want to exactly copy a piece either - I’d like to take inspiration from several works and create something unique to me. Here are some inspirations I’ve found so far:
Controlable Chaos, 2005, by Tonya Newton (Photo credit: Retro At Home)
Mid-century Vase Art (title unknown) by Robert Lyons (Photo credit: ApartmentTherapy.com)
I really like the simple yet playful lines of these vases. This is probably the one I’m most likely to emulate in my art attempt.
MCM painting, artist unknown (Photo credit: Fabulousmess on Etsy)
I also looove this one. It’s like flowers exploded on a canvas. However, I bet this style is harder to recreate.
MCM-inspired painting by Dixie DIY blogger Dixie Davis, 2009
Don’t you love how, after seeing a museum exhibit on mid-century art, Dixie took matters into her own hands and crafted this simple yet stunning piece of art?
So, readers, any thoughts on the above art? I’m leaning towards making a MCM vase-inspired painting, but in bolder colors than the example above. Have any thoughts on what would or would not work? Have any examples of your own homemade art to share?