The search for furniture for our new house has been a slow process. We've decided to mostly
stick with whatever we have for now and save money for stuff we really like, even if that means
using our old kitchen table as a desk for the time being. One thing we needed right away was
dining room chairs and luckily we managed to snag these for free from some very nice people
looking to get rid of some furniture.
I'm absolutely in love with the shape, but not in love at all with the fabric. Hey, they
were free so I can't really complain. The chairs also go beautifully (sort of) with our
vintage teak dining table... more on that in a later post.
My task now is to recover
these chairs with a slightly less 'granny' fabric, but that's proving more difficult than I
thought because there's too many great prints to choose from! Since we don't really have any
other furniture I can pretty much go with whatever colours
I want, so I've managed to narrow it down to a pattern in either blue, black or green. I chose
blue and black because it's dark enough hide any potential stains and is easy to decorate
around later, and I chose green because I think it would look nice with the slightly reddish
tone of the wood.
What do you think? I'm leaning towards the triangles in the very first circle but late last night
while I was browsing fabric I got this crazy idea that I wanted a skull print.
I went to bed thinking I had it figured out. In the light of day, that idea is looking a little
crazy... or is it? Ack! There's too many choices! This may come down to me closing my eyes and
pointing at the screen.
Blue 1 -
Black 1 -
Green 1 -
I am beyond excited to finally have my own workspace. Before we moved into
this house, I mostly worked at the kitchen table and on the couch. It was
fine when I motivated to get things done, but when my work didn't come
easily it was very frustrating. It got hard to distinguish between casually
checking Twitter on the couch and ok-it's-time-to-get-shit-done. Even in
the short time we've been here, I've noticed a huge difference. When I want
to work I go into my office and get it done, when I don't want to work I'm
not in my office. Seems so simple when you say it like that!
So now that I have all this space, I want to start painting big. I've
dreamed so long of having an easel in the corner, so the other day when I saw
that an art store in the area had easels on sale for 60% off, you better
believe I ran out and grabbed one.
Around the same time, I heard about a new e-course called
Re:Connect that Mati McDonough is
running with a whole bunch of other talented people. The course is about
getting your creativity unstuck and features tons of amazing guest contributors.
It didn't take me long to sign up since I had such a great time taking
Get Your Paint On.
Image via Willo Toons
I also noticed that one of the guest contributors was
Flora Bowley. I've been
a fan of her colourful, layered work for quite some and when I saw that she has
an e-course too, I instantly
clicked the sign-up button. I love her style so much and I've often wondered
what exactly goes into all those layers. The two courses overlap, so I'm sure
I'll be kept busy over the next 5-6 weeks, but I'm really looking forward
to both of them. I'll keep you updated on my progress.
Image via Flora Bowley
Just wanted to say a quick hello from the new house! Going from the city
to the suburbs has been a big change, but we are absolutely loving our new digs.
Coming from a tiny 1 bedroom apartment, it's been a little strange having all this
extra space. But good strange, obs! I have so many project ideas already and I
can't wait to get started. More posts coming as soon as I get my office set up.
Step one: Find a desk!
There, I'm finally writing a post about my experience taking the
Get Your Paint On course. The course
is taught by the amazing Lisa Congdon and
Mati McDonough, who are both really beautiful
artists. I'd been admiring their work for a while before deciding to take
this class, so I felt like I was in good hands. It was also exciting to get
encouragement and advice from artists I admired so much. The course spanned 5
weeks and you could work on just one painting the whole time, or up to three.
I chose to focus on one since I don't really have a ton of experience and
I didn't want to take on too much.
I'll spare you the details (because you should really take the course to find
out!) but over the 5 weeks I learned to sloooow dooown and take my time with
my painting. This was a real challenge for me since I'm such an impatient
person. While I didn't end up with a masterpiece, I'm really, really happy
with how the painting came out. I worked very hard on it, and I think it's
pretty good for my first time. Or maybe it really is a masterpiece and I'm
just too humble to say so. :P
Here's the progress of my painting:
Now I'm so excited to get started on my next painting and put all that I
learned to use. That'll have to wait a bit though, since all my painting
stuff is packed away for the move.
Just a Note: At the time of writing this, the link to the course
still goes to the registration page of the course that's over now.
But there's a box on the right side where you can put
your email address and get notifications about new courses. I highly
encourage you to do that. Get Your Paint On: Beyond the Basics was a really
great class. If you're an even bigger newbie than me, they also teach
a beginner's course.