Wednesday, June 1, 2011

MAKE: I've got the artist in me

In high school (OK, college.) I went through this phase where I kind of thought I was an artist.

I wasn't delusional enough to think I could paint portraits or free hand a landscape, but I somehow convinced myself that my ability to make cute signs for friends and master a craft from time to time meant that I was ready for a blank canvas.

I attempted to do a few landscapes, like the one below that I made for Duke when he graduated high school.
I'll take this moment to reveal just how great a brother Duke is: he hung on to that puppy even when my parents moved houses and we purged like only Bibers know how to purge.

Once I realized my tree wasn't exactly C├ęzanne (I just Googled a landscape artist, btw...), I tried to go abstract. I painted three oversized canvases - one with multicolor circles, one with stripes, and one all yellow. Although they weren't exactly perfect, they actually turned out really nicely. They added a nice pop of color to my walls and the misshapen circles and not-so-straight lines kind of looked intentional.

When I recently found that Real Simple actually suggested my college DIY as a lost cost decorating idea, I was over the moon. My project may not have been perfect in execution, but my artistic theory was right all along.


  1. I love love love that you googled a landscape artist! I heart google and your candid admission. haha. And congrats!

    xox Lexi
    Glitter & Pearls

  2. i remember those three lovely works of art hanging over your bed at 100 willow...can't believe they didn't make the trip to atl.

    you have inspired me to paint some abstract canvases for my new place!

  3. i love that first painting! its beautiful. as a painter, i definitely think that everyone has a creative side in them--its just a matter of trusting it and not comparing yourself to others :)


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