January 25, 2010
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?
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.
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!