Sunday, April 27, 2014

Painting With Abandon...My First Attempt at Canvas Art!

 
 I can honestly say that up until last week, I have never brushed paint onto an art canvas.  During the one college art course I took, we didn't attempt anything beyond pencil sketches, and my struggle with depth perception and proportion discouraged me from taking any other art classes, aside from photography.  I think it was around this time that I decided I was lacking the "artistic gene" necessary to create art without some sort of a guide to go by.  It has only been within the last few years that I picked up a paint brush and really got into creating finishes on furniture.  Before then, I was merely slapping several coats of white latex paint onto every dresser and chair I could find.  There was really no creative painting in my life before I was introduced to Annie Sloan and her wonderful Chalk Paint®!
 
 
Not only has Chalk Paint® changed how I paint furniture, but Annie Sloan herself has changed my perspective on art.  Her concept of "don't think, just paint," putting the rules aside and enjoying the creative experience without confinement or inhibitions, gives me such a thrill!  It was this concept, and Annie's attitude of art being organic, unplanned and free-flowing that gave me the courage to attempt painting an art canvas for the first time.  It was something I had been dying to try my hand at for years, but didn't think I had the ability to succeed at.  Last Saturday I took my 40% off coupon to Michaels and bought a 48" clean, white canvas.  I could not wait to get started.  That night, I laid out a drop cloth on the kitchen floor, brought all of my Chalk Paint® cans into the house and spent several hours blending colors, layering, dipping crumpled paper and string into paint and marveling at the different textures and patterns they produced.
 
 
I knew I wanted to paint a floral, so I studied painted flowers in other artwork for inspiration.  I also had an idea to create some texture in the blossoms by using Artisan Enhancements VP Antico.  I troweled it on in places, put my blow dryer to it to create some crackling and then painted the flowers on top.  Once the paint was all dry and I was happy with the scene I had created, I did a small amount of gold leafing...a patch near the top of the canvas and here and there on the leaves and petals to highlight. 
 
 
You are probably wondering why I chose to start with such a large canvas!  I probably should have attempted something smaller first, but I was a little desperate to fill a large void in our family room (and cover an in-wall speaker)!  I figured I might as well go for it!  After all, paint is very forgiving.  If I didn't care for it, I could easily paint over it when I felt inspired again, right?
 
 
As it turns out, I am pretty happy with it.  And, I had more fun creating this painting than I ever imagined I would!  In fact, I've already bought 4 more (smaller!) canvases and can't wait to explore some more ideas that have been buzzing around in my head!
 
Thank you, Annie for giving me the courage to paint with abandon!
 
 
And thank you, friends for your kind visit today! 
Now, forget the rules, let go of your inhibitions and create something wonderful!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
Sharing With:
 
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground 
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 
 
 

34 comments:

  1. It's wonderful - I love it! What fun! And thank you for being an inspiration to us!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind note, Susan! Have a lovely week!

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  2. Amanda, you know how much Greg and I love this! We passed the iPad back and forth, looking with joy at what you painted. Please do not stop! This is a wonderful new direction for you. Oh, yes, and for Annie Sloan!

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    1. The glowing response I received from you and Greg meant the world to me! Thank you for cheering me on! Hope to see you soon, Judy!

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  3. Amanda, its gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Keep going girl you've got talent!!!!
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words and enthusiasm, Debra!!! Much appreciated! :)

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  4. Oh my gosh, Amanda I just love this painting!! And I love love your blog, your style, and PINK! I always look forward to seeing a new post from you in my inbox!

    True fan,
    Sheila in Woodburn, OR

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    1. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words, Sheila! You don't live too far from me at all! Have you been to Camas Antiques?
      Enjoy the glorious sun today!
      Amanda

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  5. Your painting is SO pretty! Great job! -Derith

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    1. Thank you, Derith! I appreciate your kind words!

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  6. Wow--that is really beautiful--you are doing so many creative things--you are very inspiring!

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! You are inspiring, too! I love all of your pretty projects!

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  7. It's very pretty I would love to have that hanging on my wall :-)

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  8. Just amazing, Amanda. I loved reading your explanation and was anxious to do so every since I first saw this beautiful painting. I am so happy to read you bought four more canvases and are going to create more. You are so very inspiring!

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    1. My dear Phyllis, Thank you! You inspire me more than you know!

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  9. Amanda, it is gorgeous. I love painting and it has been awhile since I painted on a canvas. Are you familiar with a French painter named Laurence Amelie? Your painting reminds me of hers..I think you will love her art.

    <3
    Victoria

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    1. Thank you so much, Victoria! Yes, I adore Laurence Amelie! I am honored that my painting reminds you of her work!

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  10. Love what you did, you did an amazing job! Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you very much for taking the time to write me an encouraging note! I appreciate it!

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  11. I need to get into being a bit more free with my painting. This looks lovely and worth a try. I love how you worked with different mediums to get texture. I gotta give that a whirl.
    Pamela @ FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

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    1. Thank you, Pamela! Go for it and have fun!!!
      Amanda

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  12. It's gorgeous! You should be very proud of your talent. I love this painting, and find your tale very inspiring. I love to paint, but always feel intimidated by canvases. Guess I'll have to just "go for it". I'm visiting from My Romantic Home's "Show and Tell Friday".

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful words, Cynthia! I am so happy to think I may have inspired you to give canvas art a go! It really is fun!
      Blessings,
      Amanda

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  13. Amanda, seeing those amazing pink flowers has made my day! just beautiful!!

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  14. What a beautiful painting! You did great!

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  15. I love your approach! The secret to painting is not to over think it, you have found a new passion! I love the gold leaf accents, I'm going to have to try that! It's beautiful!
    Jenna

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  16. Beautiful work Amanda! That was quite courageous to tackle a large canvas for your first painting but you've proven yourself to have the talent. Painting without thinking is a great motto.
    Blessing to you dear girl,
    Patti

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  17. So Beautiful! Looks Like You Are A Seasoned Painter!!!!!

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