Sunday, January 24, 2016

yep... it's a diptych!

ok, i promise this is the last post about the really big canvas! technically speaking, there are now TWO really big (30x40") canvases (canvi? ok, nooooo), but thanks to my OCD nature and some extra, blizzard-enforced home time, they're both finished. and hanging in the sun room. and i'm pretty happy about that! :)


last week i was actually half joking about doing a second panel. honest! i mean... i did think the first one was a bit undersized, but i thought i could probably live with it. then on monday i had to run in to michaels for something, and i thought i'd just see what OTHER sizes of canvases they had, because maybe i'd do a couple of smaller, stacked panels, or... well... something. as it turned out, i had serendipitously lucked into another 50% off canvases sale. which seemed like A SIGN. quite possibly a sign that i am a crazy person, but that still counts, doesn't it??


i knew i wanted the two panels to be ONE piece of art. if that makes sense? so i knew that the largest mandala, which runs off the right hand side of the first canvas, would need to be continued on the left hand side of the second canvas. i also suspected that this would be the fussiest and most difficult bit of the whole project. and i was right about that. 


on the other hand, almost everything else about this was easier than the first one, because there was no "discovery phase" in which i had to figure out what worked and didn't work, which colors to use, etc. so in some ways it was less interesting to accomplish, but it went faster. and i deliberately worked as quickly as i could, to ensure i didn't get bored or distracted and not finish. (every once in a while being totally compulsive REALLY PAYS OFF, lol!) 

once again, the hero of the day was lovely husband jeff, who removed and spackled the original mounting, and then held BOTH canvases in position while the less competent member of the team hemmed and hawed about heights and widths and things. he accomplished all of this without cursing... at least not out loud... which i think is worthy of a second and even more impressed shout-out, lol. it was quite a bit of extra work, but when i see how well the two panels fill that wall, and how vividly those bright colors light up the room, it feels totally and completely worth it. thanks for coming along on this little adventure... i'll be back to ONE post about smaller things now, i promise! ♥♥♥

15 comments:

  1. Down here in Texas when we see something that's absolutely stunning, sensational, and jaw dropping, we usually say Holy Mama (or something similar to that anyway!LOL!) Well.......Holy Mama!
    WOW! This is so beautiful Lauren! I thought I was looking at a photo from a magazine. LOVE IT!
    Sorry I haven't been around lately. A few medical issues with the hubby - but I'm hoping to be back this week!
    Lynn

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  2. Stunning! Looks like put the snowtivation to good use!

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  3. Lauren,
    Your single panel was fabulous, but this diptych is just over the moon spectacular. I am so in awe.

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  4. Wonderful Lauren, it looks amazing! Kudos on this fabulous diptych, the mandalas are beautiful and it was obviously meant to be since you discovered the on sale canvases just as a snow storm was about to keep you housebound so you had the time to complete it! Deb xo

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  5. I love the duo! Looks awesome and such a statement of color and design. I chuckled about the hemming and hawing....

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  6. Lauren, this is fabulous! Just amazing - you are so talented! Jo x

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  7. What a great piece of art! Love this concept, very unique!

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  8. Honestly I didn't think it could get better than the first post about this piece of art....but then it turned into pieces and it did!! Absolutely stunning! It looks gorgeous hanging there.

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  9. I definitely did a "double take" when I saw the diptych! You work fast! It looks like pure wonderfulness and will bring smiles galore. Yay Lauren!

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  10. What a gorgeous duo. these canvases are amazing. I am in awe of your talent.

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  11. How awesome! Yep, I bet it was a little tricky to match up your OG Mandela-flower (wear exact medium did I use?? In what order???), but the outcome is wonderful. Thumbs up!

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  12. A big shout out for LHJ is an order and a huge kudos to you for creating this amazing piece of art (x2!) for your sun room…I think I will invite myself back to NJ so I can see it in person ;)

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  13. This came together really well. Like how you carried over the design. Great job!

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  14. This is so beautiful 😍 (I'm your ig friend @craft_patisserie) 😚

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  15. This is so beautiful 😍 (I'm your ig friend @craft_patisserie) 😚

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