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Friday, October 07, 2011

Paint Party Friday #30

This was a quick sketch I did before the cupcake painting above. Much less contrived. As you can see the cupcake is way too contrived. That painting I did this week has been gessoed over twice already. I was going to show you the two before coffee mugs, but blogger was giving me a fight, plus they are too ugly to share. Almost makes you feel like giving up. Still not completely happy with the cupcake, the top looks too muffiny! lol
Who knows if I can't tweak it to my liking I may just  gesso over it too!!

Happy Paint Party Friday Everyone!
 My Daughters female boss gave her the little pillow with the quote
 Strong women may we know them,
may we raise them,
may we be them!

A few weeks ago I repainted a rocking chair I got for Christmas in 1985. I was eight months pregnant,  under the tree was a small box with a string attached. I followed the string to the basement, walked the long hallway to a large empty room, in the middle was this rocking chair! It was a very exciting gift. Twenty five years later it needed some love and care! There was a bit of a squabble about the color I should paint it. I assured my adult daughter I would paint it white when she got pregnant, for now  it would be silver to blend better with the living room decor!



It was a tedious process painting  this chair. While I was priming I kept missing spots. I turned on more lights, still kept missing  wood. I twisted it and turned it and no matter how much I checked it, there were still parts that weren't covered. I had a lot of thinking time. It really was a metaphor for perspective. Doesn't matter how I turned the chair there was still one more perspective I missed. It was crazy just how many perspectives there were. Finally after much frustration it was covered, the same happened with the next two coats! So when you're adamant your perspective is right, or when trying to find answers to a problem, remember the rocking chair, there is always another perspective you may have missed!

23 comments:

Domestic Icing said...

I think the cupcakes look good! If you replace the word "contrived" with "stylized," I think you'll have solved your "problem" by diction alone!

Gloria said...

I like your cupcakes. They look good enough to eat. Now you got me wanting to make some. Yum!! I like the silver chair. You are just a very colorful young lady. Love it. Thanks for sharing, Happy PPF!

- T.W - said...

Adorable cupcake paintings, and that chair looks awesome! I love finding old furniture second-hand and give them some new life with a few coats of fresh paint! ^-^

// - T.W -

Kristin said...

Beautiful painting - both the cupcake & that fabulous silver chair!! xoxo

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

i agree like the 2nd cupcake ~ 1st one is good too ~ chair is great! ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

carlarey said...

I like what Domestic Icing said about changing he adjective to stylized and solving the cupcake problem.

Your analogy about painting the chair is brilliant; keep looking from another angle.

Christine said...

cute cupcakes, just different styles! That's a funky silver chair too.

RobanStudio said...

I loved the story of the rocking chair and the analogy of perspective. Hummm....maybe a different perspective on the cupcake is needed here? It doesn't look like a muffin, it looks like a cupcake. Don't give up. Happy PPF! :-)

Joni Nickrent said...

Loving the sweet treats...the cupcake art and the silver rocking chair! SWEET! POP ART MINIS

WrightStuff said...

I love the story about following the string!! I must remember that!

I find it very hard to draw cupcakes... I keep wanting to eat them! Shame you can't eat these - they look pretty tasty. Good for gesso I say (although they look fine to me... I am also going through a phase of painting over everything!)

Mandy said...

blogger is giving me grief tonight too...but yum to your cupcake and very cool chair...xxx

Yvonne said...

Interesting post and something to think about with the chair story. The first cupcake is great! btw I think silver was a very unique choice, so keep thinking outside the box for your art and it will be wonderful!

JKW said...

Both cupcakes offer a different look. I like them both. The silver chair is totally off the wall. I love the look. Blessings, Janet

Manon said...

Both cupcake and rocking chair are jumping out at me!

Janet said...

Your cupcake is cute. But I also understand your frustrations. Gesso is my best friend!

The rocking chair is awesome!

Fallingladies said...

I like the cupcakes as they are! and great color for the chair as well!

Kristin Dudish said...

Your "too muffiny" comment made me chuckle! I always love your color choices :)

I think the silver chair really rocks! hee hee - sorry, I couldn't help myself!

xo
Kristin

Geckostone said...

Wow, great metaphor!!! Your chair came out great and your cupcake looks scrumptious!!!I like the saying on the pillow, thats really cool she got it from her boss too, nice compliment! Deb

judie said...

I really like that silver chair. It's different, it's "you". The only thing wrong with the cupcake is that you need to take a bite out of it! Yum!! :)

creatingme said...

I like your cupcake!!!

Melisa said...

Wow, you certainly brought that chair out of the 80's for good! I'd never have thought of silver for it but I really like it.

EVA said...

The silver looks great for the rocking chair - good for you for being patient enough to get all the hidden spots.

The cupcake sign is lovely and fun!

Purpletreebird said...

That's an unusual colour for your chair - fanastic! I know how long and fiddley that sort of shapes takes, all those spokes to paint!
Your cupcake is looking good, I hope you don't gesso again!
Jess xx

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