Our Real Live Piece of Art (And Our Living Room)

Remember when I posted about how badly I wanted a large piece of colorful abstract art? Well, apparently, my super-talented best friend (who just happens to be an artist) read the post, because look what she painted for us!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Abstract blue and purple art

Isn’t it beautiful?! It was a Christmas gift, but we just finally got to bring it home after our trip to Cape Cod in August. I had shown Alisa some pieces I liked and suggested a few colors, but the rest was all her, and it is absolutely perfect.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Abstract art in blue purple pink and yellow

It fits perfectly into our living room, which I suppose I might as well show you, so you can see the where the painting lives. (If you’re interested in seeing what the living room looked like when we first moved in, there are photos in this post.)

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Gray blue and purple living room

Please do not judge us for how shlubby our furniture looks. The two beige couches are old, and the Ikea Kivik chaise … Well, it came that way. It’s comfy, but not super cute.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful living room

As you can see, this room doesn’t really have an official color scheme. Anything goes!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Living room with DIY gold Ikea Vittsjo shelf

Hey, look! It’s my gold Ikea Vittsjo hack!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful living room with framed maps

Those two framed maps are my Cape Cod treasure and ghost maps. They may be my second favorite thing in the room. They live in what a friend recently called my “ocean corner.”

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Framed Cape Cod maps

There are two Cape Cod maps, a gold seahorse, a coral lamp, a watercolor-y pillow and an octopus. And I didn’t even notice I put them all together, I SWEAR. I guess I just miss living near the coast, so I brought the coast to Atlanta subconsciously, ya know?

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Colorful throw pillows and painted midnight blue door

Oh, and there’s my kitty cats! (Can you spot both?) And our midnight blue front door!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Living room with blue purple and pink abstract art

And there’s one more photo of the painting, because it’s the bomb. Thanks, Alisa!

Paintings for Poor People

You guys may have already noticed this, but: I’m really into abstract art lately. The bigger and brighter and brush-strokier, the better. I’ve supported my obsession in the past with cheap framed prints and DIY watercolors, but our new house has a lot of wall space, and I can’t fill the whole thing with Ikea Ribba frames, you know?

What I really want to add are some large paintings – made with actual paint, not a printer – either on a gallery wrap canvas or in a super-simple frame without any glass. With our neutral walls, furniture and floors, some giant colorful pieces would make an amazing statement. I mean, look at these rooms!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Jamie Meares' living room - via Lonny

Via Lonny

Unfortunately, as I believe I’ve mentioned a few times … cash is tight right now, and real art is expensive. Some day, I’d really like to commission something from Parima Studio or Kristen F. Davis, but I don’t think that’s in the cards at the moment. For now, I’ve decided to try creating my own with acrylics. Luckily for me, my best friend is an amazing artist and is helping me pick out all the supplies I need. I priced out a few small canvases (for testing purposes), a few shades of paint (I’m starting with purple, pink, white and GOLD), and some brushes and mediums, and I should be able to try this for under $50. Brad is begging me not to start a new project until after we’ve finished unpacking … but he can only hold me back so long. MUAHAHAHAHA. (I have a secret suspicion that we may NEVER finish unpacking.)

Have you ever painted on canvas? Give me tips, please!