Mies Chaise Painting

17 10 2010

Ah, chairs! Ludwig’s chairs. You have to love them. The smooth lines, the organic shapes, how comfortable they seem even in pictures. One of the favorites is the Chaise.

This one was a little more complicated to make since the yellow color layers very obviously when you run the brush over the same spot twice. I found it very frustrating to keep the white line of the chair crisp, while evenly distributing the yellow around it. In the end it is almost perfect. In that I can still see some imperfections that bother me. I must confess, the photograph emphasizes it more than real life.

I still love it. I doubt I’ll be painting another such image using this particular yellow paint. It was a bit of a pain.

Mies Chaise 1931-32


Tree Grove

24 09 2010

While in Pittsburgh I watched a bunch of DIY network. And they redecorate constantly. Basically all day long, you can watch messy, boring rooms get turned into something spectacular, elegant and pulled together. One of the shows had the host paint this brown toned painting with trees in it. It really resonated with me and I wanted to make something similar. My take on this:

I gave the painting to my sister as a birthday present. She has it sitting on a ledge in her bedroom so she can see it every day when she wakes up. I have to say this location makes me happy. I love the color and the happiness of the trees, and the fact that she keeps it in such a prominent place makes me think that she likes looking at it as well.

It’s the same kelly green color that I used for the Barcelona Chair, but this time it is shaded rather than put on at full potency.

Barcelona Chair Painting

21 09 2010

After seeing how much I liked the first painting and how much fun, and how satisfying, it was to make it I decided to get a little more bold and buy some real stretched canvases with the idea of painting the Barcelona Chair.

This was taken as it was drying hanging off some shelves in our old apartment. My friend C came over that same night and asked if K and I went to IKEA. We were confused by the question but, we had actually gone that same day. She was convinced that we got the painting there. I had to explain that I had just made it and when she saw the wet paint she finally believed us.

I absolutely love this one. The color is amazing. The chair is just classic. We actually have two ottomans that go with this chair, but sadly not the chair itself. Yet. Once you know which chair this is you start seeing it everywhere. Our friend B is studying art history and recognized it immediately. After i turned this into a series of chairs in different colors which I will tell you about soon I decided that I needed to share my first real painting with someone who really loves art. I gave B my Barcelona chair as a birthday present. She was very happy with it.

I now have a replacement kelly green Barcelona chair painting that I made to complete a set of four different chairs in different colors.

Since I met K I realized how beautiful chairs are, and just how much appreciation I had for their design. The Barcelona Chair is pretty special and you can search for it online or in a good architecture or design book and it should pop out at you.


Barcelona chair and Ottoman The Barcelona chai...

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Cherry Blossoms

21 09 2010

In spring of 2008 my friend Lisa asked me to come with her to the art supply shop so she can get some supplies because she wanted to start painting again. I had passed this particular shop a few times and knew where it was so I offered to go with her. We got there and while she was looking for some things in particular I thought I could try painting something. This is a big deal coming from a girl that had her parents do her art homework in grade school. So I got a foam core board, a brush and a tube of red paint. Just to see what came of it.

So, what did come out? My first painting:

I made it for K. He was away at a conference for a week and it took me that long to finish it while attending classes every day. I am pretty happy with what I made. K loved it so much we ended up putting it over our bed.