Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Straight Lines

I have been commissioned to do a painting project for a local business and I've been working on it now for a bit of time.  Trying to squeeze in time each day.  The business has recently remodeled and they now have a very groovy 70's look going.  Of course, they had an idea in mind of what they wanted, so I drew a few ideas and presented them.  This project calls for a lot of straight lines, having to measure everything so it is proportional and keeping my paint within the boundaries.  This has been tough.  I am a draw outside the lines kind of girl.  Weirdly, I had fully intended becoming an architect when I was young, but I now realize why that wouldn't have worked for me.  All of those excruciatingly straight lines and measurements.  Although, I am quite thrilled to have this project and I am enjoying the process, I am rather anxious at this point to finish it.  I prefer lines that flow and have no rhyme or reason.  I will share pictures once I'm done. Wish me luck!!
On that note and speaking of groovy,  I thought I'd share a few pictures from an artist/architect,  Bruce Goff.

His artwork was on display not too long ago and my friend and I went to see it.  Amazing!!  He took architecture to a new level.  These are just a smidge of his designs, I encourage you to look him up on google images.  He was definitely ahead of his time and maybe even a little, out of this world.  He had many fantastic designs that never became reality.  His  architecture was very organic and unique.

His artwork was just as unique and incredible as his architecture.  I couldn't find many images of it though.  He did a series of paintings to go along with a poem, The Drunken Boat. The paintings took him 25 years to complete.  They're spectacular, if you ever get a chance to go see them, I recommend it. You won't be disappointed.
Well, it's a very gorgeous day out, I'm going to grab my canvas, paints, ruler (bah) and head out to the back deck!  Have a wonderful day!


  1. Hey, congrats on the commission! That's so cool!

  2. Congratulations on the commission! I know the best part of art-making is the journey, so I hope you can enjoy it even if it's not your favorite way to travel.
    Love this artist too--thanks for sharing!

  3. Congrats on the commission. You can do it!

  4. hope you're enjoying the day, it's raining here again...
    happy for you to be working at something you love!

  5. Bah, I don't like straight lines and rules either. OTOH, I suppose it's good discipline. I'm sure you'll do a fab job. Wish I had the $ to custom design a house like some of those!

  6. Congratulations Heather! I am straight-line deficient so I am excited to see what you do. I know it will be absolutely wonderful! They would never have commissioned you if you were not the one for the job! The pics you posted were beautiful, thank you for sharing. I would love to tour the stone house (4th pic down) and the last one of his artwork is awesome! Wow!

  7. Thank you everyone. I love that you can all relate to not liking straight lines, they can make a person crazy! :)
    It is awesome to be commissioned, I truly appreciate it. I have done work for this person before and was happy that I was asked to do this.
    I wish I could share more pictures with you of Bruce Goff's artwork, his work is stunning and creative, but I couldn't find much on the internet.
    I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

  8. Beautiful work - thank you for sharing. And congrats on the commission!

  9. Can I just say how much I appreciate you use "groovy"? I do, and get looks. congrats on the commission.