My ideas this month are inspired by the masters of impressionist art. I’ve slowed down to focus on designs I’ve always wanted to do but didn’t think I could execute well enough. Art for me is like immersing myself in a novel. I am a part of the painting. It’s my form of meditation. I empty my mind of all the constant racing thoughts I have, the pit in my stomach filled with dread that I’ve disappointed somebody, the nagging voice telling me just give up you’ll never get to where you want, the pain remembering the past, and all the chaos that is inside me always. I need more than ever the therapy, art gives me so I am focusing on the dreams I have for furniture designs.
I’m not much of a painter on canvas, but something about furniture inspires me like nothing else in my life. It allows me to express my thoughts so that others can see them too. I literally never stop thinking about the furniture and how to push myself to do new things, attempt new techniques, come up with designs I haven’t done before. I’m not the type of person that defines my furniture. My furniture defines me. It’s the spotlight. This vanity is inspired by Van Gogh, whose madness, I feel an affinity with. His bold colors are his voice. I like art that draws upon nature. I have irises in front of my house. I used bold colors, but I also balanced them with a dark navy base from Rustoleum. I painted the irises with acrylics. I used Redesign with Prima’s Wildflower mould. There are textures and layers of this piece. You can watch my lives showing part of the process. It has been wonderful working on the vanity. Tedious work, but so worth it.