Life by number

I like to think of myself as a creative person.  But sometimes I just want to zone out and not think.  That’s why I love paint by numbers.  Not the cheesy ones of woodland creatures or huge boats sailing on a rough sea – no.  I ain’t no blind grandma.  I like the ones that are a little bit different and don’t look like a typical number project.

When I first moved to Texas I wanted a painting to go over our mantel.  I browsed online and saw a painting I loved, but it cost around $400.  I couldn’t justify that price when I could paint something myself, so I didn’t buy it.  But when I saw that same painting as a number kit for much, much less, I had to scoop that sucker up.

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We moved to a new house last year and I gained a bathroom.  I wanted to spruce up the beige walls in the upstairs bathroom, but was feeling burnt out with the end of school and packing and everything a move entails and was creatively pretty tapped out.  So I went back to amazon and found a funky paint by number kit.

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If you’re not artistic but don’t have a huge budget to blow on a fantastic piece of art, go online and check out some paint by number kits.  You’ll have to wade through some typical blah-diddy-blah-blah old school designs, but you if you stick with it you can find some unique pieces out there for under $50.  All you need is patience to find it, then patience to paint it!

 

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Just call me Andy (Warhol)

I have a college education, times two.  Yup, I went twice.  And I don’t use any of that education in my job.  Yay me, for an awesome use of money!

Before my kids were born I designed wedding invitations, and my plan has always been to go back to it.  But last year I got sidetracked… I started painting portraits and pets and it took off.  I never considered commissioning my work before, but as I have discovered things tend to work out better for me when I just go with the flow and don’t plan too much.

This is one of the first paintings I did, and it’s hanging in my husband’s office.

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I work from photos.  Here is the original.

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Aren’t we cute?  First I sketch the photo in pencil, then I choose my color scheme.  I try to stick to two or three colors as that gives the best pop art feel.  Too many colors and it gets a bit too busy.  This painting gave me some trouble… I tried it in blue first, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

first version

Yuck.  One of the reasons I love paint as a medium is because if something sucks, you can just paint over it and nobody will know.  Except I just told you.  DOH!  And here’s the finished product:

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