Friday, February 12, 2010

Ya Win Some, Ya Lose Some

Last week, I had a little bit of a melt down. I've been working my tail off to get a few canvases painted to sell locally. This one was seriously my favorite~loved the colors, love the saying, L.O.V.E., Love it!

I've been working on it for a couple of weeks, here and there when I had a minute. So, imagine my surprise when I went to finish it off the other night only to find someone had poked holes in it! (yes, I morphed into T-Rex mom and banished them all to their rooms before someone got hurt!!!!) You might be able to see the hole in the upper part of the K...I was devastated. A friend had showed me the basics to mixed media painting. So, why's not like it could get any worse..right?

In my head I had this bright, fun painting...focusing on the Lovely's of life. What I ended up with was, well...pastel :( I'm not a real girly girl, pastel kind of person. I cried. I might have even thrown a fit that would put my 6 year old to shame! I hated it. No...I LOATHED it! Now that I think about it, it was probably because I loved the other one soooo much, but it filled me with loads of self doubt. (who did I think I was? I'm not one is going to like this crap!) So, I headed off to small group to have my buddies, Joyce and Lori tell me what it needed.
I walked in with my canvas, almost in tears because to me the whole thing looked like a Kotex box! Dear sweet Tami took one look at that and said "That would look great in my bathroom!" She bought it on the spot! (Thank YOU Tami for the ego boost, Love you LOTS!)
I guess it just goes to show that I shouldn't be creating in just my "colors"...not everyone will have my skewed tastes...who knows, maybe even see the beauty in something I likened to feminine hygiene!
Here's another quick lovely that I did with the boys (again, I can't for the life of me remember/find where I saw this, but who ever did are talented and wonderful!)
It was pretty easy, just had the boys sign I Love You. (took the pics with my camera phone even!) Then I just picnic'd them to make them black and white and kind of get them to be similar sized.
One hour photo in a small town is great because it took him less than 10 min!
I found the frame at target for $4.98!!! LOVE Target Clearance!
Covered the backing in burlap, taped the edges and stuck on the photos.
I'm not a super technical person, so I just flipped the pics upside down and arranged them until it look even.


I super love it! Their little hands (Jamie's not so tiny hands!) make my heart smile!


Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Crafting is exhausting, I tell you. I did like the first one, though.

Lori said...

Don't you let those devil doubts creep in girl. You have an eye for things and tons of talent!
I can't wait to do this. Do we really have to wait until nex weekend?
Just one more reason it's going to be a long week!

Courtney Walsh said...

Hon, I LOVE all three of those so you need to stop doubting yourself and keep painting. Etsy shop in your future, perhaps?? :) I can't see the holes in that painting. I still think there's got to be a way to cover it. If I told you how many projects I've ruined and then fixed (and usually it ends up better the "fixed" way anyway!) you'd be shocked! :)

Happy mistakes, I call them!

shelly said...

Thank you guys! I think the more I do the nore comfortable I'll be---and yes Courtney, I'm seriously thinking about an etsy shop :)