10.12.2010

Creative Tuesday: Art

It's time for Mr. Toast's Creative Tuesday's assignment!

This week's theme is "Art;" I hope it's okay that I waited till today to share the chair I painted in more detail as my creative entry.
 
I have shared some progress along the way... as there were many many hours dedicated to bringing this to life, but here is the final piece in more detail!
 
I am a huge fan of including a little surprise in each piece I do.  And yes, I am going to start right with the surprise.  I named the chair Daydream and found a fun related quote which I have inscribed on the bottom.
 
"Everything starts as somebody's dream!"


I never fully appreciated the effort required to paint something that is three dimensional. 

It was an interesting exercise in contorting and patience as I have designs that align on multiple sides.  It's a good thing this was a light chair!

The more I added, the more attached I grew to this chair.  To my Daydream

I love how wild and free it seems to stand there.  Taunting anyone to loosen up and let go!

It's almost primal with cave-like and tribal paintings covering several of the ladder rungs.

My artist supervisor was a critical part in assuring quality and completeness! 

And like most of my work, she also added a swish here or a dab there as her nose, tail, or paw got involved. 

I wouldn't have it any other way!

Really neat to see it against the rocks and trees!  It POPS!

A closer look at some of the details.  I tried to pull from the patterns in the seat fabrics to tie the wood and fabric together.

I couldn't be happier with how the quilting came out.  I haven't put my sewing machine away since.

Tribal bands on the uprights, swirls toward the bottom rung, and there is my lovie-pie. 

She was very interested during this mini photo shoot!

So, there you are! 

Another exercise in letting go, trusting myself, having a whole lot of fun at the same time!

And won't you check out all my fellow artists here!

15 comments:

Christine said...

Christie, that's a lovely creative piece of art, truly one of a kind!

Heather said...

The chair turned out just dreamy! love the way you swirled the quote along the bottom.

Aren't you lucky to have such an adorable "supervisor" to help you, too. I like the addition of the quilt. I bet it was fun to make. So where will you keep your chair?
xxoo

Kristin Dudish said...

Such a fun chair! I love that you put the quote on the bottom. And that cushion... fabulous.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Thank you so much! It made me so happy to have it come to life. When I first dreamt up the design, I was a bit nervous that it was too over the top, but I love it!

The chair actually is going to a charity auction where the proceeds will be donated. It looked fabulous in my office, but I'm excited to be a part of the Furniture Sharehouse charity event!

Mmm said...

Oh wow, Christie, you get the award for being most involved in a long proces to pull this togthere. And waht a process it was! WOW! I love its whimsy. You are always so fun to read with how your describe things, like the proces here. I can only imainge there was indeed a lot of controting to pain on all sides. At first I chuckled as I thoguht the palette was the chair bottom adn thought, no way I wodl dare sit on it thinking I;d get paint n my self even if dry. LOL. Anyway, where will this chair remain now? Oh! I just read your comment above--an charity auction. how lovely of you to do that! :)

BTW, thank you so much for your wonderful uplifting comments--really really helps, let me tell you. You are so darling. I suspect you adn hubs have a very happy house indeed.

I'll ad this to the montage tongiht...but which photo? Hmmm.....:)

Janice said...

Great chair...and you have a beautiful supervisor!

Wanda said...

I'm loving your post, your chair...the feel I get reading about your journey with this lovely piece of art... Your dog approves too. Lovely!

paintdropskeepfalling said...

What an original idea - having recently repainted four chairs, a table and two garden benches, I know how much work goes into these things! Fab!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

@Mmm, it was a labor of love for sure! And I am happy to send uplifting thoughts your way anytime!!
@Janice, thanks!
@Wanda, glad you enjoyed it! Katie is such a mush isn't she?
@Paintdrops, I really enjoyed seeing some of your repaints too! Really rewarding, no?

daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

Very creative. Great photo of your supervisor. The chair looks perfect among the rocks. Great job.
QMM

Jennifer Bower said...

What a powerful blog you have here! Happy sure is a choice that I strive to make daily, and you are right -- the simpler, the better. The 'happiness' goal is what led me back to art/illustration just a few months ago (with the help of "The Artist's Way." This chair is so full of fun and whimsy and I applaud the added challenge of painting in 3-D! You have a new FAN in me.

Highland Monkey's said...

Like the shape of the chair it's quite unusual. Your dog is lovely.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

@daylily, Katie is such a ham, right? And thank you for the compliment!
@Jennifer, I’m blushing so much! I originally started this as a reminder to myself of all the amazing things around me and it has really grown over the last two years. Art is really such a pure form of happy for me too! Welcome and hope you enjoy!
@Highland Monkey’s, (love that name!) the shape really did take the cake on this one and thanks for the compliments on Katie (the dog)!

Betsy said...

It's classy-tribal! haha. Love it!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Crazy girl! :) This is one cool chair.

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