When I first started this this blog (my second) I wrote a post called Remember your Roots where I told you about blowing up some old letterhead from my hometown, printing it in a large format and hanging it on my wall. (Hubs build the really simple frame, too) I have loved this piece so much even I used it in two different rooms (both my bedroom and most recently in my living room). But recently, I felt compelled to change it up and I had been itching to get my acrylic paints out. I had to paint and draw in college as a part of my degree in Interior Design, and I love the look of acrylic paints. I was never an artist by any stretch, but truly love to paint - I love color and I love the textural, imperfect, layered look of acrylics. Anyway, I drug out my art boxes, pulled the Callahan County print down off the wall and went for it. I love and miss my home so much, and always always say that my roots, my family, and our heritage in West Texas makes me who I am. This was a way to illustrate the light and love of my upbringing, family and place, and how that moves me still today. I like it - the mix of the old illustration against new bright graphics - I'd definitely say it totally "pops" and of course, the colors alone make me so happy. And the graphic burst is so simple to do. Here's to doing a bit of what you love whenever you can, creative decor, and of course remembering your roots.
|the palette on a plate|