Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sixty-Six Morning Glories

Floor Cloth Update
Morning Glory Floor Cloth

Finally!
Finished!
I confess I got pretty tired of painting morning glories before I got to the magic number of 66.
Yep. The cloth is 57.5 inches wide, 122 inches long, 66 morning glories and 73 leaves.
I sketched them with charcoal five at a time.
It took me just over a month to paint.
I had to push myself many times because my little secret...
...I get bored with repetition.

The thing that kept me going was my daily visit to the morning glory trellis in the garden. 
Each morning I took new shots of the beautiful display for more floral reference in the studio. 



Before starting with the design, the front and back sides of this heavy duty canvas were primed with two coats of house piant. 
After painting 66 morning glories the back side was painted with one coat of the gray (floor paint), and three coats of high traffic formula polyurethane floor finish. 
The front received four coats of the floor finish. 
I moved the cloth off the studio table and onto the studio floor when it was time to use the poly floor finish. 


Not until I was totally finished did it occur to me what a folly the whole project was.
As you know, this is going to the Garden Palace.
A place where few others may ever see.

And that my friends is when I realized,
I did it for myself.
Even though I had to push at times, It please me very much and that is all that matter. 

The Four Corners



Now it is time to get back over to the Garden Palace and paint the floor. 
Having this finished, as well as, the cooler weather is a real incentive to get back over there.
♥ 

20 comments:

  1. Sharon this is beautiful - and a true testament to what artists do. In the end...we do it for US...at least we should. I love it...it's gorgeous.

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  2. Thanks Kay Tee, It's true, our passions are to feed us and I don't know why this one project was such a revelation to me about that.

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  3. I feel this is a pure labor of love and passion for your creativity, it looks exotic, congrats, it is a great idea as well.

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    1. Thanks padmaja, It is something that I've wanted todo for a very long time. Feels good to accomplish it.

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  4. Hi Sharon, what an amazing project! You did a beautiful job.

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    1. Thank you Gwen, wish you could see it in person.

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  5. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL Sharon! you are a driven woman ;)

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    1. Thanks wanda, yes sometimes I do feel driven ....and then I wonder why.

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  6. Sharon, so long since we corresponded. Miss you.. :-( I have been around here and there.. have so much to catch up on. Wish I had all of your energy! Your floor cloth is wonderful! I bought two large canvas dropc cloths to make a floor cloth. I need to finish all of my "focuses"!!! LOL.. So many things in my head and I am stuck inside. I hope you make a video of this.. as I would love to do this. My measuring would look off. that would be my hardest part.. the rest is creative fun and perseverance ♥ I love the look of yours, it looks old fashion yet has the artsy flair of YOU! Great Job. I will work on my blog tonight so you can put me back on your list.. either Darlene Pringle or A Dancing Mango. I have had my eyes open when I see any of your work.. Thank you for your creative inspiration.. xo Darlene.

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    1. Thanks Darlene for a catch up. Maybe when I do the next one, I will do a little video. When the time is right, you will jump on to the right project.
      I always appreciate your sweet words.

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  7. I have visited loads of historic homes over the years and have never seen a floor cloth as lovely as yours - it would be an asset to any space you put it! GORGEOUS!!

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    1. Thank you Michellem, I'm not sure that I have ever actually seen a floor cloth but I've know since I heard of such a thing that I wanted to make one. I have more canvas but I won't be making another this large.

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  8. Sharon, what a beautiful self gift! It is absolutely beautiful! Well done!

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    1. Thank you, I never thought of it as a self gift. I like that.

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  9. Such a lot of work but a really amazing floor cloth. It will please you every time you see it I'm sure.

    Darla

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    1. Yes Darla, and I am so anxious to get in in place. Worked all day yesterday over there. Huge progress!

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  10. What a beautiful blog! I have added you to my reader and hope to peruse some older posts this winter. Thanks for putting me on your blog roll; that's how I found you.

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    1. Hey Thanks! I visit you everyday and enjoy seeing all the beautiful flowers that you keep going in your ocean side town.

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  11. For some reason, I find it difficult to make anything for myself. I seem to be happier to create for others. I'm glad you made this beautiful floor cloth for your garden palace. It will be a wonderful get away and place to dream. Maybe I'll designate every Sunday as a day to make some art piece for myself! Thanks for the inspiration and details in creating your floor wonder!

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  12. Excited whoopy-holler sounds...this is fantastic. I could not paint 66 morning glories. In fact, I'm not sure I could paint one. But you did an amazing job. I love the idea of photographing each morning to get different references. Brilliant.

    I hope you are enjoying your dreamy place today. It is a lovely place.

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