I actually passed it by several times, not giving it a second thought. It was priced at $30, which was, to me, overpriced for a painting that looked like it belonged in a hotel lobby in 1987.
But then the voice on the PA system said that purple tags were half off that day. The painting had a purple tag. I kept shopping, browsing the kids’ clothes, the furniture, the plates, but the painting was stuck on my brain. I left without it. I mean… it was ridiculously ugly.
I returned home, unloaded the car, and told Kyle I needed to go back, get one more thing. I paid for the purple beast and finagled it around the carseats, barely closing the trunk.
See, I wanted it for only reason: it’s huge.
I remembered a post from my friend Meredith almost two years ago, when she bought a Craiglist painting and immediately had buyer’s remorse. But she rectified it by having her daughter paint on top, and it looked amazing. Because it’s huge.
Photo from Like Merchant Ships
So I bought the 1987 hotel painting because of its size—canvases that size are really, really expensive. Definitely more than $15. Plus, this one had a nice frame.
I first painted a layer of basic latex primer.
This is also when I realized the painting was 3D.
Then I painted several coats of acrylic paint, just to give it a blank slate. I chose Robin’s Egg Blue from Craft Smart that I bought at Michael’s. Less than $1.
And then I let Tate go to town. I only gave her colors I’d be okay with hanging on the wall, and would look okay if they smeared and blended together.
The whole family ultimately chipped in and added a bit of artistry, and ended up with this random-yet-not-shabby original piece of art.
Tate calls it “A Windy Spring Day.” I like it.
It’s now hanging in our dining room.
Baby shown for size. And cuteness.
It’s random, but I like the splash of color it adds to our dining room. I also like that it’s original art, created by us. And that it cost about $20 total. And that it’s better than the mauve disaster of its inception.
I love reusing instead of buying new, and I’ll hang a one-of-a-kind painting over a cookie cutter print any day.
What’s your favorite way to create original art?
This post was first published on August 29, 2011.