Friday, July 24, 2015

Sleepy Scenes and Their Inspiration

Sleeping
acrylic and ink on paper 9 x 12 inch
available here


Last year I painted these imaginary bedroom scenes in my sketchbook and this week they came to fruition.  When I sketch rooms like this, I sometimes draw inspiration from catalogs like Pottery Barn or some other place like that.  If my memory serves me, the above scene was inspired that way, but the painting below was 100% made up.  You may be able to see the difference in the drawing that is there, I know I can. 

 Lately I've been very inspired by a huge stack of interior design coffee table books that I bought at a local used bookstore sale.  The sale was $5 for a sack full of books, however it was a plastic grocery bag and I chose big hardback books.  You should have seen my bag!  It almost didn't make it out the door!   It was tearing as I walked it to the register and I felt like a kid trying to get away with cheating, but they said it was still fair to stuff it full the way I did and out of the store I marched with my bargain books and a happy grin on my face.  I think I made it home with about 10 beautiful coffee table books.  Happy me!


In a Red Bedroom
acrylic and ink on paper 9 x 12 inch
available here

After spending quite a bit of time looking at my new books, I was really in the mood to revisit my sketches to see what I could do with them.  In both of these I started with a very bright yellow and orange underpainting.  I was tempted to go over these with some oil paint and maybe cold wax, but they both came to a point where they looked finished, so I stopped while I was in a good place.  

Have a good weekend everyone!  Thank you for visiting.

16 comments:

  1. I enjoy the two different harmonies. The lighter room of the afternoon nap time is a reminder of the joys of sleeping in the day. Love the pics on the wall being crooked. I had a cleaning lady a long time ago who moved them to make me think she had dusted on top of them - not!
    The Red bedroom is sooooo romantic, and her holding flowers too....oh that maybe why you painted the bed so beautifully!!

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    1. There is a lot of joy in naps during the day, I am glad you reminded me of that Julie. I should take more naps. Perhaps that's why your cleaning lady did do her work...she was napping! :)

      Thank you for your feedback on these. I loved your comment.

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  2. Happy day at the used bookstore! That's my kind of fun. Love your interiors, Lisa, and your figures - guess I just love your style! Two very different color palettes, but the paintings are definitely so you!!

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  3. I would especially love to have that first bedroom! Great pieces, both of them!

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  4. Wonderful work on both these paintings, Lisa.!

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  5. I love the yellow bed against the red walls!!

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  6. Oh I love these quirky paintings, and enjoyed my visit today

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  7. Lovely Lisa. That gold bed just sings out to me. How much fun you had!

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    1. These were very fun to paint Helen. They were almost easy too because all the hard work was done in my sketchbooks, I just duplicated my own work and improved the areas that I wanted to. Thank you for your comment Helen!

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  8. Ready for my nap now. Which bedroom can I use! xox

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  9. Lovely work. Both images compliment each other.


    I like the slanted desk, crooked picture. That window is perfect for any artist. The sleeping lady is quite special.

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