So, this is the most random art project of the month. Maybe year. Maybe lifetime.
I saw a photo on Instagram awhile back of flamingos and immediately searched etsy for some great flamingo art we could hang in our new place. This gorgeous piece by Sofie Rolfsdotter was my favorite from the search. I was ready to add to cart but the thing about entering escrow on a house is you tend to loose your whimsy when it comes to impulse buys.
I faved the artwork and moved on. (Silently congratulating myself for thinking twice before spending.)
Then, last week, as I have been starting to go through everything we own in preparation for the move, I found a canvas I had painted abstractly that was seriously awful (it never made the blog it was so bad). Instead of tossing it, or moving it with us knowing I'd hang it nowhere, I decided to recover it with white paint and then paint on top - what else? A flamingo.
While my coat of white paint dried, I google image searched flamingos. Turns out they have the simplest bodies ever. It's just a bunch of simple shapes joined together (banana, circle, snake, football, abstract tail and sticks). I drew a rough pencil outline and then mixed up some pink paint.
Patience is not a skill of mine, but I encouraged myself to go slowly with this one. I painted the pink body and neck on one day and the next day, after a good night's sleep and some more google image browsing, I added legs (not too hard) and a beak (a tiny bit harder). Then I went back over the body and added a bit more color for dimension and ta-da - my flamingo was born.
Seriously, so random. Not sure if she'll go in the baby's room or my office or if she'll be brave enough to make a debut in the main living area of our new house. I must admit, I love her more than I should. This is the first non-shape and/or text painting I have made that I haven't wanted to set on fire and then throw out a window so I'd say we're making progress. :)