Monday, June 21, 2010

Flock, Divided


A couple weeks ago I ran across a very inspirational post about painting at Make The Best of Things. I love to paint, but don't get to do it as often as I like. I was already picking out paint colors for my kitchen/dining room and thinking I'd probably need some new art for my new walls anyway so...

It started out with 2 blank 24"x30" canvases and a sketch. (Ignore the doodle flower at the top of the page... you can only imagine what my notebooks looked like in high school...)


The great thing is that I got to choose all the colors so it would fit into the room perfectly. I'm not done redesigning the room so I'll just give you this cropped version of it hanging on my freshly painted walls.

I took it outside for a photo shoot because the lighting is not so great in my dining room.Overall it turned out really close to how I envisioned it. A little darker than I planned, maybe, and I had trouble giving the birds as much depth as I wanted because they were so dark... I guess in my imaginings they were black birds or the silhouettes of birds...
I struggled to come up with a title... it's a flock of birds, in a tree... but one is separated by the divide in canvas... Is the divide created or imagined? Or is it there at all? Does the lone bird see the divide or does it assume it is one with the flock? How come I painted this and I can't answer these questions? I guess this was paint therapy. Much cheaper than prozac.


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23 comments:

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

I liked your painting before I even read your post! The pictures got me! Thanks for the mention, I really really love your painting and the lonely little bird on one side. Don't you love making something to match your home exactly as you want it? That is gorgeous! I've done a similar painting in blue for my family tree project, I'll be posting that soon. This looks wonderful!

margiemark said...

Great painting, Cecily! I really love the depth in the background!

randee said...

thanks for stopping by my blog.

your blog is fantastic. the dining room painting is beautiful & your craftroom takes my breath away! can't wait to show it to my daughter (& main crafting buddy).

vlcordani said...

Beautiful!!! Awesome!!! That's It! I'm flying you out to do the baby room. (Yes, my excuse to get you to DC) XOXO

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

You are amazing! I love your painting! You did a fantastic job.

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

I guess the answer is...it is whatever the person viewing it thinks it is. That's really the great thing about art; the viewer gets to enjoy the piece according to their own experiences. I really enjoyed getting to see this piece...thanks for showing it to us on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

Anny said...

This is really beautiful!

Lisa said...

That is awesome! You are very creative and talented. Making my own art is something I don't often think about. Great inspiration.
Lisa

Kara said...

Wow! This is gorgeous!! You have a lot talent with paint...something I lack completely but admire so much. Great job!

Megan said...

Wow! That is gorgeous. Keep up the painting - I'd love to see more!

Heather said...

It's gorgeous and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Beckie said...

WOW! I love this! It is so beautiful...I am featuring this today so feel free to stop by and grab a featured button if you would like! Thanks for linking up and sharing your creative juices! Have a fabulous Friday!

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Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Wow! Your painting certainly grabbed me... beautifully done.

Kimberly said...

Very beautiful!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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★All Thingz Related★ said...

It's beautiful!
Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

Leah said...

how long did it take to finish your paintings? they are beautiful!!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Simply stunning! You do amazing work. The colors are fabulous! Fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly apprecite it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

It's a Hodgepodge Life said...

This is wonderful! Thanks for linking. I will be featuring this.
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Melissa said...

Very pretty, this turned out great. I read the post at Make the Best of Things too. It was very inspirational.

Ginger said...

Fabulous! The painting looks beautiful too! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Dawn said...

It's awesome !! I love it !!
Dawn