(18×36, canvas. a collaborative painting by me and mati
during mati’s visit, i was telling her how i wanted to paint a large canvas to go on the wall over our bed – not a figurative painting, but rather something a bit more abstract that had the word ‘love’ incorporated in it (it would be for our bedroom, afterall). truly, deeply, i’ve been inspired by this for a long time and have been wanting to put my spin on it. so when mati suggested we get busy painting a large piece together for the wall, part of me jumped for joy, and another part of me resisted and hesitated: you mean you want to do it now? today? but it’s been so long since i’ve painted and i’ve never even painted this large of a canvas before (although it’s been a dream of mine to paint big for some time). the gremlins were big, insisting my creative flow was rusty and cracked.
but mati gently pushed me and we went for it, making large giant messes on the studio floor
and creating this beautiful, beautiful canvas together in about one hour flat. i noticed that as soon as we started getting our hands messy with paint, my mood lifted. i was excited, whistling to the music, and generally being a dork. we joked about our dynamic together – how we may as well been playing barbies. it was that seamless. that fun. that silly. what i learned in those moments was that sometimes we need a friend to pull us out of our creative silence. to hold the space and to hold our hands as we jump back in. i really needed it (thank you, mati).
after we finished the first piece, we were on fire to do more. and this is what came next:
(12×36, canvas. a collaborative painting by me and mati
totally loving the anthropologie inspired feel of this one. very, very messy. lots of drippy paints and ink. drawings by mati. vintage wall paper. vintage stamps. handwriting. i can see a bit of sabrina inspiration in this one, too. and lots of mati, too. this was likely the biggest departure for me, style wise. and i loved it! i was reminded that it’s important to try new things, to get messy in new ways, to dream outside the creative box we are accustomed to being in.
this one came next:
(18×25, canvas. a collaborative painting by me and mati
another anthro inspired feel. again, really simple. but very cool and fun and easy. just fingers in paint and in glue and then on the canvas. we practiced restraint both in this one and the one above and i think it worked. they look really great next to one another 🙂
and last but not least, this was our final collaboration together:
(15×20, canvas. a collaborative painting by me and mati
this was the hardest to complete. we were a little tired (4 paintings in less than 4 hours) and we had to push ourselves to finish, but it was well worth it. it’s so funny to see one of my faces topped off with a mati hair-do, but i really love it. it’s another love inspired piece, hence more love writing. and isn’t mati’s birdie adorable? i especially love the vibrancy of the background in this one. we also thought it was interesting how our styles merged in this particular piece seemed to birth an anahata feel (which i love).
so there you have it. collaborative paintings. i say give it a try. you will be surprised at how groundbreaking it is for your creative soul. seriously, i mean it.
ps – i wanted to mention that we used claudine hellmuth’s line of acrylic paints
for every single one of these paintings. and oh my, i LOVED these paints. loved them. the colors are awesome and i can’t wait to get more.
(we interrupt this blog post because the orange crush wanted to say hello)
pps – also, i so wish i could have figured out how to upload the time-lapsed video of the first painting in progress, but i’m having major tech difficulties over here (i’ll have it up eventually).
ppps – heading to artnest
! i’ll be back early next week with stories and photos!