Did any of you check out the April issue of Lucky Magazine featuring clothing designer Lauren Moffatt's home? I received this magazine in the mail in March and I haven't stopped thinking about Miss Moffat's "doctored" paintings, aren't they darling? She hit it on the mark with the colors and I love that she took something discarded and dated and made it fresh and so, so pretty. I have a lot of oldish original painted art in my home but I already like it all for different reasons so I was scared to try this with anything I already owned.
I found this diamond in the rough at St. Vinnie's on Saturday. I really liked the flowers, I think they're magnolias, but the black/red background was not doing it for me, and the leaves looked a little forest-y, so I decided to try my hand at customizing it to suit my tastes. It was under $10 so if I flubbed it up, it would just go right back to St. Vinnies and I could call it a double donation. I've been obsessing over the pinkish/orangish melon/coral color for the past year or so, and I've been wanting to incorporate it more into my home so I mixed up some acrylic paint and went to town.
It's definitely a step in the right direction but I'm not totally sure about it yet. My husband is on board, he likes the color, but it might be a little too "crazy lady" I think I may need to tone it down. I also might make the leaves more chartreuse, since that color works better with the coral than this forest-y greenery. This image from Martha Stewart might work as an inspiration. I painted the entire black background white first before the coral, I was afraid of painting directly on the dark. Even with those 2 steps, the whole project only took about an hour. The different shades of coral are actually a happy accident, I kept running out of paint and each time I re-mixed it, a new and different shade appeared, but I like the depth it adds.