Saturday, October 25, 2008

IF : Repair with flair




I was all over the map with ideas for this topic. I thought of some good ones, but for the most part I didn't feel like drawing any of them or I just didn't have the time because a few of them were elaborate and would be time consuming. I found myself scanning the room for inspiration, and there it was. A mural in my living room in the style of chinoiserie. I usually end up renting old places with character, but along with character comes wall cracks and blemishes that need repair. I'm lucky to always find landlords that allow me to go wild! What I love about chinoiserie is you can make it go on and on, adding branches and flowers, bugs and animals...whatever you need to cover the imperfections in the wall. Of course, I added ravens and pears! We have a few pieces of black furniture, so what better compliment than ravens? So there you have it, my way of repairing hairline cracks. Let the next tenants spackle! (Click to enlarge.)


(I've also included another painting I did on canvas with a chinoiserie wallpaper inspired background.)

35 comments:

  1. OMG...I love this!!! How awesome to have such great talent!!! I love the idea of camophlaging cracks, etc. How neat!!! The crows are the best part!!!!!!!

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  2. I can't imagine anyone wanting to spackle over a mural by L. Gaylord... who left it for their enjoyment!

    I'll bet your house is awesome!

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  3. I get told off for putting nails in for pictures, and we own the place!

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  4. I like both of these pieces, Laurel. Hmm, that reminds me, I have a series of monotype prints where pears are the subject ... I wonder whatever happened to them?

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  5. So awesome! I love trees and ravens anyway, but having them cover a wall would be pretty cool.

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  6. This is quite awesome! I love the crows on the tree!

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  7. Wonderful indepth theme this week - love the light airy feel of this piece

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  8. ha ha love it, repair with flair, that's my new saying (wonder if it would work with a broken heart?)

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  9. Oh, this is heaven! Fabulous! Gosh, will you please rent my house for a while?!

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  10. Awesome
    Beautiful mural & painting.
    Yeah, it's a fantastic idea to cover the cracks this fashionable way.
    So enchanting...
    I feel like to stay here forever.
    Do you need a roonmate?
    When can I move in?
    Studio Lolo, please accept my friendship award:)

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  11. oh. my. gawd. i love those ravens. they are perfect!

    my favorite IF in a long time.

    love,
    cat

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  12. Ok, I think I've finally figured out why it is I've been buying so many pears lately. Many times after visiting here, I come away with a craving. I love your raven/pear themes... so beautiful. Also, what a clever way to work with and not against the character of your house. Magical!

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  13. that sure worked out beautifully I think you have blended the cracks in perfectly! The nest tenant would be crazy to remove this!

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  14. You might be all over the place, but your creativity is right on track!

    www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

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  15. I love both of these but especially the ravens, very original and so well done

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  16. The mural rocks...You should be on the HGTV network...outstanding job on both paintings! :)

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  17. Thank you, for brightening my day! This brought a smile to my face, your ingenuity, creativity and pure heart is so refreshing. Feeling stuck and this helped pushed things a bit. :)

    Have a splendid week, my friend. ~M

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  18. What a lovely mural! I also love to do them but in this houuse I have only done one ceiling......
    Your wall is exquisite
    HCM!

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  19. Beautiful mural! I always wanted to do one in my dining but haven't gotten around to it:)

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  20. Wow!! Beautiful wall and canvas!! Refreshing and peaceful to look at - a perfect repair. Landlord and next tenant are very lucky!!

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  21. I have a passion for trees, and this mural is lovely! Nice Work!

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  22. o laurel… i too went the pear route… different reasons… halloween got me…

    beautiful work

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  23. Ohh these are so incredible, I want that pear painting!!! I love the chinoiserie style, you do it so beautifully. You must have an amazing house!

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  24. Wow...I really like that...I'm afraid to paint on the walls because of the screw up factor...that's really nice and interior decoratey...and I mean that in a good way...

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  25. What a artistic way to repair a wall crack! You're an amazing lady, Laurel!
    This is a beautiful painting, love the colors so much!

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  26. splendid work...
    so soft like blossoms... so juicy like pears... makes me fly like a butterfly...

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  27. Beautiful mural full of the feel of the East. I also love the peek at the detail, which is gorgeous in its own right.

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  28. what a gorgeous way to repair your walls, beautiful..

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  29. Oh this is just fabulous! Crows and pears, exquisite!

    Now I'm going to check the cracks in my house and apply myself to this type of repairs.

    Can you come and help? :)
    Love this whole thing...

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  30. Wow, that's got to be the coolest repair I've ever seen! I love the way you've taken a "flaw" & turned it into a thing of rare beauty.

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