Abstract Attempt

This week has been pretty crazy, but I have managed to get some items crossed off my list for our November bedroom project.  I’ll save the updates for tomorrow after I pick up a couple more things today, but I will treat you with a little art project I worked on for above the bed.  There is nothing above our bed at the moment, and the wall just feels so bare.  Art was on my to-do list, so the other day I got really creative.  I mean really, really creative.

I am fine with painting letters, words, and simple images.  But when it comes to actual art, I’m better at picking out what I like then actually making it myself.  I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to abstract painting, and this was my first attempt at making something that resembled real art.  Just a quick note to all the actual artists that may be reading, please don’t hate.  I did this for fun, and I’m not claiming to know anything about this genre of painting.  Ok, with that out of the way, here is what I made.

I was inspired by a painting in my aunt’s house–the house where Josh and I were married.  We had a few pictures of us with said painting in the background, so I used those as a guide.  Not only is the painting beautiful, but it reminds us of a very special day.  I like for my art to be meaningful and nice to look at, and I feel like I captured both.

Here’s how it all went down.  My painting began with a board of MDF, which I painted white.

Yes, that doesn’t make sense. Yes, I should have used a canvas.  But the MDF was already in our garage, sitting unused.  It wasn’t super thick, so I’m not worried about it being too heavy.  Plus, it is a really smooth wood, so paint goes on really well.  Once I covered it with two coats of white, I added a little gray for depth. (That sounds like I know what I’m talking about right?!)

Honestly, at this point, I had no clue what I was doing. I just did it.  Next, I picked out the colors from my stash that most closely matched the actual painting (wish I could show you pictures of that, but I don’t have digital copies of them).  I took my brush and just went for it.  I would just keep referring back to the inspiration painting to have something to follow.  After that got tiring, I just filled in spaces with what I thought looked good.

I’m kind of in love with the finished product.  You may not like it, but I’ve learned that art is a super opinionated thing.  If I love it, you may not, but you also don’t have to sleep in my bedroom.  I asked Josh if he liked it, and he actually does! Yay! So we are happy with it, it was free, pretty quick to make, and reminds us of our wedding day.  What could be better?  Now, if I can just figure out how to hang it up… I’ll keep you posted. :) Update: I have found the artist who made the original painting.  Her name is Helene Pfeffer.  Unfortunately, I still can’t track down an image of the actual painting.  :(

4 thoughts on “Abstract Attempt

  1. the similarities in our blogs makes me laugh!!!! I JUST finisged some new art for my own bedroom makeover and was going to post about it this week! I LOVE your art…I love that you did it yourself, and I especially love that it was free haha. depending on how you want to hang it you can screw the board directly to the wall then paint them to “hide” them, or you can buy some hanging cord or wire at Home Depot and attach it to the back!

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