So I've been thinking about this gallery wall I've been trying to arrange and have bought lots of different things to go up on it. The more I looked at the setup though, the less I liked it. I felt like there were too many items that were too small and that only made the space busy. What I needed was a focal point, and then I could build around it.
It took me two days to realize that the orange painting I had just pitched to the Newport Beach client, was actually perfect against the blue walls. The orange was mesmerizing against that backdrop and it could easily be the focal point I was looking for. Here's a picture from when I saw it against that wall for the first time
Since the painting was larger than the other products I was going to put up, I had to increase the size of area I was working with. Initially, the gallery wall was going to be centered to the sofa and measure 54x54 inches. This time, I've increased the area to 70x54 inches.
I decided to place a couple of trendy items in wood above the canvas, and went with a feather and arrow. Here's what they look like placed.
The wood shapes are large in size but the surface area still isn't that big. If I were to paint a pattern on the pieces, I was afraid it would become too busy, especially since I have a busy pattern on the top half of the painting. The colors had to complement the orange, stand out against the dark blue and still not dominate. I used the acrylic fluid inks by Montana, which are highly pigmented after gessoing the shapes. This is what I ended up with. Fingers crossed for the rest of the stuff today!!
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