January 25, 2010

Reader input on a painting

painting on salvaged farm window

I have been painting these beautiful salvaged windows from a farm near my hometown, first by cleaning them well and then painting garden scenes on the panes. They inspire me to paint scenes I myself would love to see outside my windows. Fields of wildflowers are a happy vision and so filled with peace and the breath of nature, don't you agree?

painting on salvaged farm window

I also love to leave the frames as naturally worn as I found them, and only add elements that enhance the original antiquing, rather than refinishing them as new.

painting on salvaged farm window

On this window, I purposefully painted the garden scene and left the rest of the window panes clear, because I like the idea of it staying true to it's "window" origins. If it is hung outside, it would harmonize with the surroundings, and if hung inside, blend with the decor. However, in a few past pieces, I painted in the entire glass area:





I noticed that the windows with filled-in panes, that feel more "art" than "window", drew much more attention and praise from others.

I wondered if maybe people like having the whole window completed, perhaps it makes them feel it is a more finished piece? Maybe people don't like the thought of seeing anything through the window, and would prefer one solid creation? Hm.... I've been pondering and have not been able to think of an answer!

What do you think about these windows? Does one appeal to you more than the other? Why do you think that might be so? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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11 comments:

  1. While neither one are my style, I would go with the partial filled in one. The second picture (of the not filled in one) looks as if you have a hanging basket sitting outside the window. Pretty cool :) But, I do like the newspaper and the unfinished edges!

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  2. Wow, Jan, these are beautiful.

    I love them both. I think I prefer the partially filled one b/c it retains that window quality to it. The other could just as well been painted on canvas since you can't see the fact that it's glass.

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  3. I really like what you did with these windows. I saw some in a shop done too. I like the idea of a little window showing for sky / light to shine through. I can't wait to find some in good enough shape and give it a try.~Theresa
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  4. Thank you for your feedback! So it seems there are some who like the ability to see the clear panes? If you are liking the glass panes as well, perhaps I can make both types to appeal to everyone?

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  5. Are you kidding me? Both of these styles are wonderful, I think I prefer the first one though, IF I had to choose.

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  6. Love these, especially the first one, I think I saw something given like this as a wedding gift and everyone was going crazy over it, I would love to have one for myself, so once you get some made and get your site back up, let me know!

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  7. no way! the partial are the best. the completely filled ones are too much art for me. i feel like the partials are more decorative without being overdone....and would match more. i loves them!

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  8. I like the partial ones the best...they do stay true to the window...gorgeous!

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  9. I seriously love the long one - all filled in - at the bottom

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  10. My favorites are the ones that are completely painted. I feel like I am escaping into them and I don't want a hint of my real life showing through. :)

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