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Canvas #38: The Diptych Over My Bed

from the Balzer Designs Blog: The Diptych Over My Bed

I've lived in my apartment for a little more than a year now and I finally felt ready to create some art for over the bed.  I grabbed two enormous canvases and got to work on a brand new diptych.  My only thought was that it had to feel calming (it's a bedroom after all).  Towards that end, I decided to keep a relatively limited color palette and to forgo the eyes and faces.  This is what I came up with:

from the Balzer Designs Blog: The Diptych Over My Bed
from the Balzer Designs Blog: The Diptych Over My Bed
from the Balzer Designs Blog: The Diptych Over My Bed
from the Balzer Designs Blog: The Diptych Over My Bed
from the Balzer Designs Blog: The Diptych Over My Bed
from the Balzer Designs Blog: The Diptych Over My Bed
from the Balzer Designs Blog: The Diptych Over My Bed
from the Balzer Designs Blog: The Diptych Over My Bed

I love it!  It has some metallic paint in it so when the sun hits it in the morning, it really shines!

Some thoughts:

  • I'm still loving working large.  It opens up the my mind in a different way.  There's so much surface to cover and you can make so many choices without making it look too crowded.
  • Stencils and stamps will always be a part of my work because pattern will always be a part of my work.  As I continue to work and create I become more and more confident in defining (but not limiting) my personal style.  Sometimes I feel like I ought to stop using stamps and stencils because they're a crutch?  But then I realize that's a bunch of crap.  That is based in my own insecurity about whether or not I'm an actual artist (yes, even though this is how I make my living).  I love stamps and stencils.  I can't quit them.
  • It was a fun challenge to work with a limited palette.  I want to do that again.  It forced me to be a bit more careful about my choices.  I enjoyed the challenge.
  • I couldn't go totally monochromatic. I *had* to add the yellow.  I do still like a bit of contrast.  That pull makes me feel that my artwork is visually arresting.
  • I'm surprised by how much I like this simple leaf motif.  I was worried it would be too trite, too done, too expected.  But I love it!  Nature is such a popular subject for a reason.  I really really love it!

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