Golly, four weeks has gone by fast. I know everyone is saying it, but I can't believe its already almost time to say goodbye to summer. It always sneaks up on you. Usually the end of summer means the start of classes but for the first time since I was five, I will not be going back to school. I've got to admit, I'm super happy about being able to continue painting what I want and read books that weren't assigned to me. No grad school for this lady. Instead I will be welcoming fall with open arms (it is the best season) and living the next few months living in complete denial of the fact that I will be here for yet another Wisconsin winter. Anyways, that is the last I will be mentioning winter for a good while because nobody has time for that when there I have another painting to talk about. So this painting. It is a little different from the ones I have made the past three weeks. It still includes text and designs, but instead of these elements coming to me naturally they were planned out quite a bit more. Reason being is my wonderful sister is having her second baby (a girl!!!) and asked me to make this painting for her nursery. She wanted a painted wooden sign saying her name and designs inspired by part of the bedding she already bought for the crib. Therefore before I even started the painting, the text was decided, the design heavily influenced, and the color scheme set.
My sister did let me have a lot of artistic freedom though. She didn't want the sign to be too "matchy-matchy" (yes, that is a legitimate term) to the bedding and was totally okay with me having fun and let my artistic style show through. While I definitely tried to make a sign that wouldn't look out of place with her bedding/room theme, I really appreciated being able to let my ideas flow and create a totally unique sign for her. Lets hope she likes it because I didn't let her see the painting in progress. I'm stubborn that way. I also don't tell people how a movie or book ends so don't ask me to. I think I just really like the build up to a story or a surprise and think everyone else should like it too.
Artistically, having to adhere to a certain color scheme and use specific design inspiration did create a bit of tension for me creatively. Mostly, I worked the way I usually do. Letting details and design ideas flow naturally and not questioning each new element. Although I would be lying if I said that there weren't a couple times I wanted to add a outside color or design that wouldn't fit with the inspiration. I had to keep those urges in check in order to make something that would work for my sister. At those times it did feel a unnatural to stop my usual work flow, but overall it was a good experience. I was able to see that it is possible to create a painting I am proud of while taking into account what the customer wanted as well.
So lets talk about my niece for a second. Obviously her name is going to be Stella, which I love. Honestly though, I don't care much what her name is, I just cannot wait for her to get here. She is due in November which is perfect because she will keep me from going into a depression about the arrival of winter. Oops, I mentioned winter again, my apologies. Really though, it has been way too long since I held a baby, and I love holding babies. Did that sound creepy? Regardless, I honestly do. A lot of people don't like babies and I can understand that, but I'm someone who does and holding one just makes me happy. So I'll hold yours if you want me to, and I swear I'm normal.
Well, that's a wrap on painting #4! It was definitely a new way of working for me. While I definitely prefer having complete artistic freedom, I appreciated this challenge of my normal processes. I do hope that in the future I will have more opportunities to make custom work!