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Like a Camera Trying to Focus Through the Sun

July 4, 2011  —  Written by Julia 

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 Chris and I had a few different ideas of how we wanted to spend our long weekend.  I saw us painting the kitchen cabinets and he saw us just chillin’ and barbecuing.  So we compromised.  I tackled a large painting for our dining room wall and he helped me build the frame and stretch the canvas over it.  And the rest of the time we plan on relaxing and grilling every meal.

You caught a little preview of my huge, orange-y painting in this post–but I’m here to show you the end results.  Here she is in all of her shimmery glory:

 I wish this painting always caught the light like that so the gold and champagne metallic paint would reflect the light and create the illusion of a camera trying to focus through the sun.  But alas, my house isn’t perfectly lit, especially not the wall in the dining room.  Sometimes just a few circles get highlighted and that’s okay, too.  It changes throughout the day and it makes for a very entertaining painting for our home.

I got the idea for this painting from a piece of paper that would have been entirely too small for the space.  Brushstrokes and 87″ of canvas definitely make that little inspiration mine-all-mine and a very happy girl and perfect fit for the wall in the dining room.

We love how it mimics our big round light fixture.  It’s shimmery.  And vibrant.  And large, but not too busy that it takes away from our oversized canvas in the living room.   It plays pretty nice with the gold grid of frames in there, too.

So that was my low-key weekend project that I smiled all the way through.  Today we have some fun shopping planned, a trip to the splash park, a family photo sesh, and a bbq and fireworks with club cul-de-sac tonight.

Happy 4th to you all and an extra happy holiday to Artsy Nina for winning that “Magic Carpet” you all took around the world in our giveaway.  You definitely gave me the travel bug, friends.

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