The one time when I’ve liked the final result better than the design proposal. This is my completed painted chair for Airdrie’s AIRdirondack Art Project. 12 chairs were made by different artists, and right now they are all posted on an online auction until the end of September to raise money for the arts community. It’s very exciting! Here is the online auction: https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/26155/auctions/31252?reset_filter=1
This is my favourite chair to date because I kept things loose – the design, the way I painted, the flow and mix of colour and paint, I painted in a way that felt natural. My previous chairs had very gridded designs that had to be painted crisp and even. I had more fun painting this one, for sure. Also, I finally made the back of the chair as cool as the front of the chair (something I saw other artists do last year and boy does it make for a more compelling chair!) I actually started painting the back first, to make sure I did it, haha.
So exciting, I just found out I get to paint a third chair for the AIRdirondack Art Project! So I’m doing an animal themed chair again (first chair was a bluejay, second was a frog) but each year my style has become less abstract and more representational/realistic. This next chair will be the most real-to-life animal I’ve done. Also, and it took me long enough, I’m going to do something awesome on the back!
I can’t believe it! The new design that I came up with was chosen to be part of the 2015 AIRdirondack Art Project! Remember the Blue Jay chair I did last year? Wait till you see this year’s design…it is psychedelic. I thought it wouldn’t get chosen because it’s so weird.
For the past couple of years Creative Airdrie has invited local artists to propose designs to be painted onto handmade Adirondack chairs. After a panel of judges look at the submissions, ten artists are chosen to each paint their design on a chair. The chairs then get auctioned off at a gala and the proceeds go towards arts and culture initiatives in Airdrie.
This is my first year submitting some designs. One design is inspired by my love of blue jays and the west coast art of British Colombia. The other design is all about color and the whimsical fun of paper airplanes. Wish me luck!