We have a wall paper mural in our living room. It's 40 years old and I love it.
|Yes, I love the 70s chandelier, too.|
Fast forward to the present and my current situation, which is so reminiscent of the past. I love this mural (although I thought it a bit odd when we moved in), but the problem is that the wallpaper is filthy. That's what happens when kids grow up in a house, when wallpaper absorbs oils, when there's no real way to clean it. When we moved in (nearly five years ago now), Honey remarked that it was filthy. It would need to go. But I begged and pleaded until we agreed that it could stay until I found a replacement.
I have not yet found a replacement. There were large canvas paintings of flowers that I loved...but not $1500 of love. There was a metal abstract art sculpture Honey loved...but the $800 price tag was daunting. We've contemplated hiring a friend to paint a mural on the wall once we remove the wallpaper and replace it with proper wallboard, but then that brings up the question of what to paint as the mural.
I haven't found a solution yet. But I discovered that even though I thought it would be easy to paint a version of this scene, it turns out I was mistaken.
"I can't paint anything!"
I'm not sure why I'm surprised. I've never had an art class (okay, I had Art for Teachers, but that doesn't really count because we never learned techniques). Most people have to practice to become skilled, so why did I assume that I could just pick up a brush and have it work miracles? Honey asked an important question: "What did you learn?"
I learned that I like little circle brushes. I learned that I like painting foam board (instead of the paper I was using for these paintings) because it seems to dry quickly. I learned that I need to be more patient with myself.
So instead of trying to paint the mural again, I decided to go for a tree in the four seasons, a concept that I love. I found a beautiful work of art here, but again I don't have $365 to spend (although I'm sure it's worth it for something this pretty!), so I decided to try for something on my own.
I had a 20"x30" foam board (purchased at Michael's for $1) that I cut into four pieces. I painted the background different shades for each season.
"A tree...it's all I know how to paint...for now."