Original, Soft, Abstract Art: Blues, Greens and Grays.

April 23, 2012  —  Written by Julia 

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Remember my large 6’x8′ painting I did for the dining room (you can catch the whole process here)?  It has gotten a lot of attention lately, which is amazing.  To the inquiring minds and readers, in response to your emails, I am sorry–this is not a tutorial for it.  And there probably never will be.  Some art there is no step-by-step to.  I hope you can understand.
The good news is, I did a smaller one–the first of many, I hope–and added it to our Etsy shop.  I used the same colors as the one in our dining room–lots of greens, grays and blues–all on a slightly smaller canvas.  Let’s face it, 6’x8′ presents a lot of shipping problems.  Ha!  So this original, gallery wrapped painting on canvas is 24″x30″ and ready to be welcomed into your home.
Purchase the painting here.

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  1. Jessie McKinley says:

    That is so beautiful!! I love it. And I saw that it already sold…you should definitely consider doing more! Maybe even in different colors :)

  2. Wow. I’ve never heard it put so eloquently. That’s perfect, Diane!

  3. Sooo beautiful! I’ll definitely be buying one of those soon! :)

  4. totally agree with your thoughts about art being beyond the realm of the tutorial. i’d go so far as to say that’s a defining characteristic – projects and crafts can be taught as a DIY, but art, in its purest sense, is a delicate balance of inner vision and accomplished technique that can’t be molded into a step-by-step, everyone can make art, but we must make our own.

  5. Summer says:

    It’s beautiful!!! On the paining note: I fear I’ve learned how pinterest bit me in the behind. :( I posted your picture of the birds on a wire 2 weeks ago. I had a ton of people re-pin it and now your picture is sold!!! (sad for me because I *really* wanted it and was saving up -but good for you because your work is getting out there!!!)

  6. meaganbriggs3 says:


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