Thursday, March 4, 2010

That hallway needed painting anyway....

This hallway needed painting anyway...

My husband and I have lived in this house (which we own) for just under twenty years. As strange as this might sound, I just never think about carpets or paint or even new furniture.

For the first 21 years of my life I grew up living in apartments. Apartments that got re-painted white once every 5 years and had the same carpets until you moved out. It seemed as though it was just never an option to decorate an apartment so I guess I got to the point where I just don't see the color of the walls any more.

We painted this house when we moved in back in 1991. I know it needs to be painted but I just don't think about it. If you asked me the color of my living room, I'd have to give it some thought though I sit in in every day.. sitting in it right now as I am typing this. Let me quick look.. .oh yeah - it's a light sandy pink.

At least every year or two I go over to Lowe's and pick up some paint chips and tape them to the wall. And eventually the tape gives out and they fall to the floor and then I toss them away.

A while back I asked my husband if he would mind if I painted mandalas on the walls. He said "Go right ahead" and so this was my first - in the hallway that needed to be painted anyway. (I guess the colors of the walls aren't important to him either.

It was my largest mandala to date and my first time using acrylic paints that I bought from the craft store. It's about 3 1/2 ft in diameter and it makes me happy every time I walk past it. So maybe I should paint a few more. After all, all it would take would be a few brush strokes and it would be gone.... though I'd always still know it was there.

9 comments:

Rosemary said...

or perhaps, my friend, you continue to add too and change the way it appears to the eye. Painting over it all together is known as pentimento.

I continue to be in awe of your work.
R

Stephanie said...

It's like covering your own house with murals! How happy. :)

Kristi said...

Gorgeous! I love that it is on the wall and makes you happy each time you walk by :) You are one talented lady! Awesome work!
hugs, Kristi

unhalfbricking said...

That's a wonderful idea and I'm glad that it gives you joy - I'd love to do that in my house (though I'd have to do it on paper - could still do a paper-roll mural like I used to do growing up though!) xx

Anne-Sophie said...

This is a really beautiful mandala!
An Awesome mural!

I think you should do more and even consider drawing them on canvas or oversize paper or glass/Plexiglas panes with translucent paint.

And those could be showed in a gallery or even another fabulous UTube art gallery with something to show the scale of the work.

G.Young said...

Leave it there forever, even if you paint the trim, the rest of the house, whatever. It's beautiful and it will be wonderful for someone in the future to admire.

Gentian said...

Very nice :) It's fun to paint on the wall. I hope you keep adding to it.

gypsy said...

This is unreal, absolutely, amazingly, wild! I love that you are doing more and more with your mandalas, it's quite inspiring.

ttp://inksnibspaper.wordpress.com/ said...

How daring and glorious! I like that you'd know that your original is always there, regardless of what you do next.

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