I've lived in my apartment for a little more than a year now and I finally felt ready to create some art for over the bed. I grabbed two enormous canvases and got to work on a brand new diptych. My only thought was that it had to feel calming (it's a bedroom after all). Towards that end, I decided to keep a relatively limited color palette and to forgo the eyes and faces. This is what I came up with:
I love it! It has some metallic paint in it so when the sun hits it in the morning, it really shines!
- I'm still loving working large. It opens up the my mind in a different way. There's so much surface to cover and you can make so many choices without making it look too crowded.
- Stencils and stamps will always be a part of my work because pattern will always be a part of my work. As I continue to work and create I become more and more confident in defining (but not limiting) my personal style. Sometimes I feel like I ought to stop using stamps and stencils because they're a crutch? But then I realize that's a bunch of crap. That is based in my own insecurity about whether or not I'm an actual artist (yes, even though this is how I make my living). I love stamps and stencils. I can't quit them.
- It was a fun challenge to work with a limited palette. I want to do that again. It forced me to be a bit more careful about my choices. I enjoyed the challenge.
- I couldn't go totally monochromatic. I *had* to add the yellow. I do still like a bit of contrast. That pull makes me feel that my artwork is visually arresting.
- I'm surprised by how much I like this simple leaf motif. I was worried it would be too trite, too done, too expected. But I love it! Nature is such a popular subject for a reason. I really really love it!
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