I promised to show you the second canvas today - the other half of the set that I just sent off to my friend with the two little girls. I posted the first canvas yesterday, so make sure you check that one out so you understand the second half of the quote that's on this canvas. If you haven't seen that canvas first, I promise it'll all make sense when you see it. *wink*
I wanted these canvases to look similar but I didn't want them to be identical. I went with warm colors for the first one and for this one here, I went with cooler colors. I also changed the shape of the large flower petals so that they would be a little different than the first one. I made sure to include a little turtle on this canvas, as well.
These canvases will hang in the bedroom that these sweet little girls share and when they're together, the canvases read, "Sisters are different flowers from the same garden."
Someday, when the girls have separate rooms or move away from home, it'll be interesting to find out which girl gets which canvas. To see which one picks the purples and which one picks the pinks. I think about stuff like this because I have an older sister and we are only 15 months apart. Growing up, she would have picked the purple and I would have picked the pink....which is funny because I'm totally an earth tone kind of girl. But then again....what little girl would pick earth tones? haha!
I really like the versatility of working on a bigger canvas. There's so much room to work on and a lot of possibilities to work with. I also like that there are no rules when it comes to canvases. There's no such thing as ONLY paint. I can get as creative as I want and add all sorts of extras for visual interest....things like buttons, rhinestones, prima flowers, yarn, embroidery floss, glitter, confetti, etc.
I like that people can look at my work and see something new every time they look at it. I enjoy visual stimulation when looking at artwork and having something 3-dimensional on a piece of artwork is like eye candy for the artist.
I wanted to share a little secret about the birds that I created for my canvases. First, I used the stencil I created for the Little Paper Birdies at the beginning of last month. I adore the shape and size of the bird and thought it would add a little extra color and fun to the canvases so I traced a couple to use on these canvases. But, that's not the secret that I was going to tell you.
As I was going around my bird to do the black outline, my hand slipped a little as it was coming down the front of the bird's chest. I ended up getting some black outline ON the bird. It wasn't like I could rip the bird off the canvas and start over. I had already sealed the bird onto the canvas. I've often said that my canvases tend to lead me as to what they want to be. I don't meant that lightly. It's so true. I might have a general idea when I start out but I'm more than happy to just go with the flow and let the canvas lead me as I go. I know that sounds kind of loopy, but I don't know how to explain it any other way.
As I looked at what had happened, I wondered what I was going to do about it. It wasn't like I could ignore it. It was very obvious. And then......it became very obvious that my black mark on the chest of the bird was meant to be a wing. So that's what it became. And as I finished the wing, I knew that the bird needed some matching swirly tail feathers. Once it was done, I knew that it was all meant to happen. Talk about serendipity!
I hope you've enjoyed these two canvases!