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5 birds on wire.

February 24, 2011  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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It’s my latest painting that I thought I finished this morning, and even blogged about it.  And posted it (you quick readers may have got a glimpse at the first “finished” product).  And then I saw the post and it didn’t feel right.  So I deleted it.  Put more time into the painting and it feels right now.  It has texture and depth.  It feels almost dark–I like that.  There’s lots of layers of paint there.  I’ll let you take a glimpse at what I believe to be the bottom layer:

It’s true–this humungous canvas was a thrift find.  Only $7.  It had cat fur and dust bunnies all over the canvas mat.  Mustard trim surrounded a 70s-looking painting.  I was in love with the potential.  So, I took it home and painted that mustard–black.  I vacuumed the mat and put more layers of paint over all those autumn colors (I think the 70s were obsessed with autumn.)  Lots of layers.  I added real wire for my birds to perch on for a special touch and hung it in our living room. 
(And because I know you are curious.  
Here’s what my original “finished” product looked like:
So glad I put more time into it. )

What do you think?

  1. Julia says:

    Jenny-

    Glad you found us. And thanks so much for the compliment!

    -Jules

  2. Julia says:

    Jenny-

    Glad you found us. And thanks so much for the compliment!

    -Jules

  3. Jenny says:

    I absolutely love this! Gorgeous job. I wish I could hang it in my living room!! (Found your blog through the photo of your stairway gallery wall on Pinterest)

  4. Cat says:

    Wow, I so love this painting. I don’t know what it is – the scale, the soft background color, or the fact that it would fit so nice into a traditional or modern space. You did an AMAZING job – would never think to paint over that – but what a deal and a HUGE savings. I’m so impressed!!!
    xoxo
    Cat@BudgetBlonde

  5. Can I please pretend that those 5 birds are us girls?

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