This is a special print for me to debut because it is from a painting that adorns our living room wall. My husband and I have loved it from the (second) beginning. I’ll explain that shortly.
First, I’ll tell you the reason this painting will be ours forever: The canvas started as an ugly duckling canvas. The bottom is significantly bowed. It has a dramatic curve and makes for an unusual, but interesting, canvas. We’ve learned to love it, but this was a lesson in double checking canvases before I purchase them!
The story behind the (second) beginning: The painting hidden under this painting’s brushstrokes was painted back in 2015. It was bright and lively with mango orange, creamy yellows, vibrant coral and touches of magenta.
Unfortunately, that painting wasn’t coming together and I needed a re-do. That is always a hard decision for me: do I start again or keep fighting with the painting till it works out? In this case, I knew I was done fighting and lightly gessoed over the warm hues.
For the second round on my ugly duckling canvas I completely changed the color scheme. I went for the colors that made me and my husband most happy: primary blue, turquoise, teal, ultramarine and lime green.
Since I didn’t completely cover over the first painting, I can still see hints of the warm color scheme underneath. It gives the current painting quite a bit of depth and interest. In the end, the first painting seems more like a base layer than a mistake – I’ll take that!
When I first painted ‘Caribbean Holiday,’ I didn’t intend for it to become a print. However, since we love it so much and get so much joy from it, I wondered why I had never shared it?! I must have been focused on other paintings and it has slipped my mind for the past year.
It is positioned in our living room between a sliding glass door and tall double windows. When the sky is blue and vibrant, it blends in with the outdoors and lets your attention go to the beauty found outside. When it’s cloudy or in the evenings when the curtains are closed, it provides an abstracted coastal scene that we love. Even if the skies are gray we still get a great view!
‘Caribbean Holiday’ is available in three sizes: 8×10, 11×14 and 13×19 in my Etsy Shop.
I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as we do! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!