Today I got sidetracked (in a good way) after I got a suggestion to make a repeat pattern from an eyelash fern for a tablecloth.
I have five unfinished paintings on my table(s) and well, I had to take a small break to start painting the elements for this pattern! Turns out, I need a tablecloth too, and I love putting something new on the kitchen table each spring.
This whole business started with this screenshot of the eyelash fern. Besides deciding I had to start painting this immediately (how does that happen?), I also now want to buy one because it is super cool!
I already had my gouache paints out, so gouache it is. I painted some fun eyelash fern leaves and some markings for background interest.
I then scanned and separated the graphics and arranged them into a repeat pattern.
I picked a teal background because, well, I want this in my kitchen :). Seriously, it doesn’t match anything else I have in there, but that is the vibe I think I want for spring!
Here is a great mockup of what I think this will look like. I of course need to seriously clean and get rid of all of the clutter to make my place look like this(!), and maybe buy those chairs….. I really like the mid-century modern vibe.
I’ll have to update this post when I have the “real” picture!
Now, off to do a print sample, upload to Spoonflower, and order my test swatch. Phew! Where did the morning go?
I’m totally stocked! This piece was selected for the “Spring: New Beginnings” exhibit at R-Gallery in Boulder. The Exhibit will take place on Wednesday March 3 – April 11, 2021.
What makes this so special for me is that this is the final piece of my year-long Iris Project painting experience. I had this in my head and knew I would not be done with the project until this piece was made. It made it that much more special for this piece to be selected for the spring exhibit at R-Gallery in Boulder.
Though the painting is for sale, I painted this piece for my own home. It is painted in Acrylic with modeling paste (I like the texture) on canvas. It is a 30x30x1.5″ unframed canvas with painted sides.
While I was traveling in Germany, I realized I did not pack nearly enough watercolor paint for the types of paintings I wanted to work on!
I often like to paint large bearded iris flower heads and though the paper I packed was only 8×5.5″, I wanted some bold colors and therefore the little watercolor pans I packed were just not going to do the trick. Continue reading →
After finishing the Iris plate mockup I shared in the previous post, I was interested in painting small Siberian irises that were simple, yet a bit less “flat” than the previous study. Continue reading →
It is that time of year when we all think about what 2019 will be all about. We think of words that paint that picture. The words rattling around my head this year are peace, freedom, empathy, compassion, and love. Continue reading →
Today’s piece for The Iris Project is a two color bearded iris. It is one I acquired from a farm nearby in Boulder who generously offered me several Rhizomes after they divided them. Continue reading →