TBT-this was my very first. As a decorative painter, I never dreamed I would be painting canvas’s. I lived, breathed, and dreamed faux finishing!! Really! In fact, many finishers are like that—we are a different breed of artist. We got a little crazy in us to be climbing walls, and creating new custom finishes-large scale-for our clients.
Things always look different large scale..Perhaps that is why I was so intimidated when a past teacher asked me to custom paint a canvas for him. It all came natural at first, I asked for photos of his space and colors he liked; but when it came to painting a 36 x 48 canvas. It sat in the wrapper staring at me for two weeks!. I would look at it and pace back and forth; then I would try ignoring it. The clock was still ticking all that time. I finally thought—heck, do something! I picked my most favorite inspirational spot to work in the House, sunny and reflective. And started to go. In the blue part of the painting I used a stencil pattern. When I was done, I was pretty happy with it. I remember showing it to a designer friend—and she said something invaluable to me at the time. ‘I do like it, the colors, but why do you use a stencil? ‘real’ art is not done with stencils.’ At that moment, I knew stencils were my crutch, since I don’t really ‘hand paint’ my designs.
I don’t use stencils anymore(unless a planned pattern) and THAt, helped me grow my art to different, new levels. Now, whether that is true or not, it was a gift, and something I(personally) needed to hear.
I still have my ‘crutches’ I use in my work, but they are more hidden—it may be a tool, material, or the simplest of things...but it helps me in my confidence, as there will always be that little bit of fear, as I stare at every empty canvas—like staring at a blank wall-so to speak.
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