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Colour Me Surprised

I finished my paintings!  The basement is the warmest, coziest spot in the house (other than two feet in front of the fireplace), so I’ve been spending many evenings down there, painting.  But, I also line dry my clothes down there and I couldn’t do both at once so there was very little laundry done. 

I was painting something dark and moody but, after a flash of inspiration, this is what I created:

I guess I wasn’t feeling dark and moody.  Anyone else find that creative endeavours sometimes have a mind of their own?  These paintings are across from our black, random square headboard (see picture below).  New bedding (back-ordered until the end of January, unfortunately), colourful throw pillows & accessories are in the works.  I’ll post pics soon, but a true “after” shot won’t be had until February. *sad face*



  1. Melissa
    May 12, 2011 / 3:22 am

    OK, I am in love with this art….YOU did this? OMG! There is so much to comment on….I love all of the art that I have seen on your house tour, but never did I think for once that it was DIY?! Amazing. Really.

  2. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    May 12, 2011 / 2:31 pm

    Hi Melissa – don't worry, only some of it is mine. The better pieces, like in the living room and dining room, are by my Hubby's grandpa – a professional artist. If you type in 'Bert Weir' into the search feature on my blog, you'll find a post I wrote about him. Thanks for your kind words!

  3. Kat Simplified
    May 30, 2011 / 7:12 pm

    I found you from your comment on The Nester. Can you explain how you did your art work? It's stunning and I need a big piece of art for my living (and well really my bedroom too and my bathroom now that I think of it!) Thanks! 🙂

  4. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    May 30, 2011 / 8:08 pm

    Hi Kat! Sure thing. I worked on all three canvases at once. I painted big chunks of random colours on each, then I worked into them using white paint. I used big brush strokes – horizontal and vertical, and in some places smeared the existing colours with white for a blurry effect and in other places, where the paint had dried, I layered over in white so the colour peaked through. I just did big, broad brush strokes with a brush designed for painting rooms – a few inches wide. Then, in places where I went too wild with the white, I layered on some pastels. I just kept layering until I was happy. I used acrylic paint which dries pretty quickly, but is a cinch to paint over. Let me know if this helps or not 🙂

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