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.
Here’s the finished version, except now i realize I took this photo before I painted the lower crossbars white, so wherever you see wood is actually white now.
Here is the picnic table with the lily pad design I’ve been working on. I’m officially done blocking in the blue, now its time for some green!
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.
This was my entry for the new light display contest that the Airdrie Festival of Lights Society organized. The criteria were it had to be a locomotive with a driver, be within 7ft by 7ft and it could only contain the colours white, blue, red, yellow, green and purple. I was one of the runners-up!
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!