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This Artist Fits My Budget

Posted by Dani on May 5, 2012

When we first moved into our current home, I was thrilled to have several large bare walls, which I immediately painted with Benjamin Moore’s gorgeous Cloud White. I thought they would be perfect to showcase our artwork. Unfortunately we didn’t have much artwork. And the budget for new artwork purchases was pretty low. So I thought I would have some fun and try to create some larger pieces myself. I stocked up on supplies from DeSerres and looked around online to get some ideas for colours I wanted to work with, and unleashed my inner artist. I’ve created 4 pieces so far, using photography, acrylics, watercolours, and even chalk and chalkboard paint. I’ve discovered I have a bit of an obsession with water. This may be because it’s easy to paint in an abstract way, or maybe because of the great beach memories I have from my backpacking days. In any case, I’ve been able to create some artwork for my bare walls that has some personal significance, and I’ve had some fun along the way.
This particular painting was something I made as a gift for my husband one Valentine’s Day. It is done in watercolours, in blues, greys, browns, and golds. I splashed on some gold ink in places to add highlights. And because I love artwork that incorporates language and words, I added a message for my husband, based on a beautiful verse by the 13th century mystic poet Jelaluddin Rumi:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing
There is a field.
I will meet you there.
It is done subtly in gold, so you have to look closely to notice – but we know it’s there, and it adds a nice, personal touch.
Do you have bare walls? Why not try your hand at creating some personal artwork for yourself? Send us some pictures so we can share!




8 Responses to “This Artist Fits My Budget”

  1. Sandra Amato says:

    I really enjoyed that! You should have shown all your pieces, that one in particular is very good. I bet you’ll get a great response from all the budding artists out there!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Sandra. You have an artistic gene running in your family, I bet you’d have some fun with watercolours too! xo.

  2. Dani- this is so incredibly beautiful. you are VERY talented. xo

    • Dani says:

      thanks SO much! this is all new to me, a little intimidating. i have to get up the guts to try another one!

  3. Wow – Love it!
    I’m incredibly jealous that you can actually put paint on paper and what materializes is something stunning. I wish I had your talent

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Michelle! It’s easier than you think. Especially if you paint water – just keep going with the swooshes of colour, it all seems to work in the end. One thing I’ve noticed is that combining different colours really adds to the look. So the water here isn’t just blue. Took me a bit to wrap my head around that! You should give it a try sometime, you never know!

  4. Wow! Your painting is beautiful! And I love how you incorporated the verse into it – very creative idea 🙂

    • Dani says:

      Thanks so much Kelly! It seems all I ever really want to paint is water – I think someone is trying to tell me I need to spend more time at the beach! PS – LOVED your macro lens pics in PEI, that lens is definitely on my list now.

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