Wednesday, August 31, 2011

big and messy

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Lately I have been sharing some of my own personal art that I have created to hang on our walls see here, here, here. As I mentioned in previous posts, I like BIG statement art that can be hung in places that pull your eye in or create a dynamic focal paint. A while back when we were organizing and updating our bedroom we went back and forth between purchasing a headboard.

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After giving up- because I'm cheap, I decided that a great colorful piece of canvas may be just a good as a headboard. I didn't want any images, words, patterns- just lots of messy color. Never underestimate the beauty of a really good messy painting it can add that pop of color or even an element of abstraction to your walls.


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I started by first stretching my own really large canvas- about the width of our king size bed. (I talk more about stretching your own canvas in this post)

Next I start slopping paint on the surface- this is the fun part because there are no rules, no right or wrong, just good ol' messy fun.


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I blend color, I drip, drizzle, splatter all over the surface and let things dry in between layers so that the color won't get muddy.


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The process is quick and expressive (perfect for blasting some good music while working).


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And result is beautiful messy statement piece!

(Important note- because we live in Southern California and we experience way too many earthquakes and because my husband is a structural engineer who does earthquake testing for a living we bolt the big art to the wall- especially if it hangs over the bed! The last thing you want to to wake up to is a large painting on your head!)


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33 comments:

Michele Pacey said...

wow just an amazing play of large colourful funness!!! beautiful!

Melissa M (Lagaz) said...

Love those colors Alisa! :)

Bee said...

love it! messy art is always the most fun. :)

the messy nest said...

makes me sleepy just looking at it :)

don't you just LOVE the smell of clean sheets?

jgr said...

Awesome canvas, I love the colors!.

Holly said...

That is spectacular! As are all your creations. I'm jealous... my husband insisted on a very *vanilla* bedroom set. Uck. But I'll wear him down lol. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us, Alisa, and for all the inspiration you give.

Samantha Kira said...

*laughs* I have a big painting over my bed as a headboard, too, except when I first put it up, I used those Command strip hook thingys...and yes, me and my pup ended up with a painting on our heads! It is secured much better, now, because that was such a fright!

Anonymous said...

l do like your creative work.
But le don't know usa language enough.
Je regrette de ne pas bien manier la langue américaine, pour déposer mes compliments à vos pieds.
Vous êtes si créative, solaire et joyeuse !!!
La traduction est ...nulle.
J'aimerai bien savoir à quoi correspondent vos peintures en France.
Je vous adooore,
mohair à Paris (france)

Joana Carvalho said...

Beautiful! Makes me want to do something like that too, because my headboard is so tiny that it gets covered by our pillows! And we have a big empty white wall above it! Now if I could just stretch my own canvas... ;)

randomcreative said...

It matches perfectly with your pillows!

Kimberly said...
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Kimberly said...

I love how effortless you make this look! I'm sure if I tried it would not look quite so artfully messy! But I love it and I'll probably give it a shot at some point! :)

Jean M. said...

GORGEOUS!!!

Eschelle said...

That is soo lovely I want to do stuff like this I need to just go for it i think!

Teddi said...

i adore it! congrats on the progression of your little bun (in the oven).

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Soul House said...

That certainly has the WOW factor. Thanks for sharing the process and the end result. Truely inspiring.

Jo Reimer said...

so much better than a bed in a box or something by a high priced interior decorator. Personal art should go in the most intimate spot in one's home. Good job!

buy dissertation said...

very interesting post! thansk!

Deb Prewitt said...

I love your bedroom. I don't have a headboard either, which has bothered me, but I could really do something similar for my room. And your colors are perfect!

Peggy said...

Reminiscent of Jackson Pollock but with beautiful colors! Looks like so much fun, too!

ranza said...

Very nice work! In your last pic there's a yellow/blue/green piece above the vanity. Did you do that one as well? I'd love to see that up close!

Teleri said...

Can you see the smily in the seventh pic? :D

Allison said...

I am so in love with this piece! I just moved into a new apartment, and this is going to be my bedroom-decorating project. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Milady Leela said...

Beautiful and so expressive!!! thanks for sharing all of your wonderful art!

tinyparticlesoflight@blogspot.com said...

Your bedroom is so beautiful and airy - love the canvas "headboard"!

xo
Cortnie

peggymcd said...

love it, fresh and clean looking. I have a large canvas hanging over my bed - all because of one of your on-line classes. Enjoy

studioGypsy said...

gorgeous!!

Ana Gonzalez said...

Me encantan los tonos turquesas, I love the turquoise blue, te ha quedado una pieza de colores muy sensuales.

Melony Bradley said...

super cool- love that it coordinates with your less abtract pillows adding a balance. It looks like the most fun project. Your comment about the piece falling on your head during an earthquakes makes me think of the shelf that fell on my head (sans injury) during a nights sleep because kitty kept jumping and sleeping up there. It is wire to be careful when hanging stuff over the bed!

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Serena said...

These are my favourite colours and I use in my bedroom too! Your painting is gorgeous, Alisa! For a while now, I've been intending to do a painting for behind my bed but I've kept putting it off because I was undecided on what to actually paint on the canvas. Maybe I will try an abstract piece....you are so inspiring!

Have a great weekend,
Serena

Lesley said...

That looks amazing. I am still to pluck up the courage to do 'BIG' just for fun...

I am glad it is bolted to the wall haha!

Faygie Fellig said...

you are rock and roll girl!!!

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