Last week I was focused on getting new prints in the shop. It just so happens that both originals of these prints are displayed in our home. My husband is very partial to “Imagination” and I’m partial to “Quietude.” We had a discussion recently about listing original paintings for sale and when I mentioned “Imagination” going onto that list, he quickly took it off. It made my heart happy how much passion he showed for not wanting to part with it. Not for sale yet, I guess!
“Imagination” was completed a few years ago and has been on display in our home ever since. At present, we have this hanging in the hallway just outside our bedroom door. It’s an energetic piece and one we haven’t tired of seeing multiple times per day. The painting is full of aqua, lime green, ultramarine and turquoise. Some of these colors didn’t translate to the print, but I’ve worked diligently to get them as close as possible. I insisted the tropical water vibe be present for the print since this was the entire inspiration for the painting.
My eye zooms around the piece, going from the circular shapes down the liquid drips to the darker, ultramarine areas. I did a splatter technique with this painting. It was a lot of fun to sling the paint around and quite the art to get the splatters just the density and diameter I was hoping to achieve. It’s was not easy to achieve the look I wanted and required calculation and skill!
“Quietude” is on display in my bedroom, propped up on my bedside table beside my chunky wooden lamp. For some time I didn’t have the coral accents in the painting, but I felt it needed something to elevate it from a solely cool color palette. A few touches of the glamorous color was what it took to bring the painting to a heightened level.
On the Etsy listing, I wrote that this painting reminded me of sitting in a field just after sunset. The coral and lavender accents are like flowers that still catch what remains of the light. Lightning bugs are beginning to appear and glitter in the darkening landscape. It’s quiet except for crickets sending out their mating songs. These moments are my favorite because of the stillness encompassing me. It’s no wonder I love this painting most in the middle of winter. It helps me remember those warm, gentle evenings.