DIY Abstract Art
For a long time, Joey has been nagging me to create some art to decorate our home’s naked walls… See, our previous house was so open that we didn’t have enough walls to hang my paintings. Now, in need for two separate offices, and in preparation for a baby (not yet conceived) which may trigger extended family visits, we’ve moved to a humongous monster, half of which we don’t currently use… Anybody interested in a basement or a formal living room?
In this house, most of my paintings are too small for the large walls, so we’ve been toying with the idea of creating some larger abstract art for the family room and our master bedroom. I’m particularly drawn to tryptics. BUT, abstract art is not my specialty… So it just hit me yesterday that instead of attempting to create crappy blotches of nothing, I could create pieces out of interesting crops from art I’ve already made… I’ve done it before (see the header of MQStudio).
The selected guinea pig is a really bad piece resulting from an art class exercise. It was one of those quick ones, where you need to draw the model’s pose and then desperately color it WITH WATERCOLORS in a few minutes before the class moves on to critiquing everyone’s awful – yet spirited- attempts. This piece has zero chance of ever making it into a frame, but I really like the color scheme and the crude texture achieved by painting quickly – without being able to smooth the brush strokes as I usually do when painting a “serious” watercolor.
So far, I’ve come up with this set of crops:
Our bedroom walls are green, for which I though the yellow colors would work well. However, according to the venerable laws of Feng Shui, the wall where the finished art will go belongs to the Fire element. This area corresponds to “fame and recognition”, and as evidenced by the time spent on this project, I need a little more fame and recognition to get more freelance projects and make a decent living. Sooo, since green (wood) or red (fire) are the right colors for this area, I’ll convert the selected crops to reddish tones. I guess it will be fire in the woods… That sounds like a lot of fire.
I have a few other decisions to make… From my visualization mockups, it looks like a dyptic may look better than a tryptic, but I’m not sure. Also, I’m not sure if I should go with a framed look or a more simple canvas-like style. The easier thing to do is to print the crops on paper and frame them… But I keep wanting to experiment with printing art on fabric. I’m not sure if the transfer options available to average people have gotten better. Would probably be better to try this with a smaller piece.
For now, regardless of whether I can pull it off or not, what do you think looks best among these:
Also… Any favorites among the crops above?