Hello and happy Tuesday! Normally, I am saying happy Monday, but obviously my weekly painting post didn't make it on here yesterday. My sister and her family just moved in to their new house on Saturday so some of the time I could have spent painting this weekend was spent holding a baby and hanging out with them. Not a bad way to spend my time. Anyways, even after the baby holding and hanging out I thought I would still be able to post something the finished product on Monday, just not first thing in the morning. That didn't happen and I'm blaming that on my incessant need for details. As you'll hear about as I explain this piece, so I might as well get started on that.
If you have been following my Painting of the Week journey then you know that I am very accustomed to painting on wood. This week was no different. What is different is that the wood I painted on is not just a flat piece to hang on the wall, this week I painted a usable object. This was fun for me because if I'm being honest and thinking about my future artistic goals, painting my pattern work and designs on usable products is part of my business game plan. We'll see how that all plays out. Anyways, so I decided to paint this small wooden box that I had picked up for cheap earlier this year and never got around to painting/using until now.
I was interested to see how long it would take me to paint this box and as usual, it was a little more time then I anticipated. I'm okay with it though! Overall, I don't think it took me too long and I think it could definitely be do-able for me to try and sell small batch product lines or do custom work, which is an exciting idea. What takes me the most time is obviously my use of details within my work. Every time I thought I was almost done, I would look it over and see a spot that could use a little something extra.
There have been times I have tried to limit the amount of detail I add in order to finish something faster or be easier on myself, but in the end, those pay offs are never worth it. I'm just left with work that doesn't feel finished or like a clear representation of me. Thats why I am so happy with the creation of this little box. I worked intuitively, added as many details as my heart desired, and ended with it feeling truly finished. And that is such a satisfying feeling for an artist.
Little boxes like these can have so many uses. I think it is probably meant to be a recipe box, but really, it could hold whatever you want. I'm actually using it as a place to hold my color swatches and small pieces of inspiration. Having color swatches and things of the sort are a great way to plan out color schemes or develop ideas for projects without having to mix all of the colors ahead of time. So if you are an artist as well, you could use a box like this one for that purpose. Or you could keep jewelry, chocolates, or any other collection of small items you have.
Like usual, I would love to hear your thoughts on this Painting of the Week! I really enjoyed working on this little box and could definitely see myself customizing more in the future. We'll see where this art and business relationship ends up taking me!