When one of my best friends from high school asked me to paint a showcase piece for his new place, I of course said yes! Jeff just moved in with his sweet boyfriend Andrew and created a dreamy and super stylish apartment full of deep grays, blues, and hints of yellow. Basically, some of my favorite color combinations.
Jeff and Andrew wanted a big piece over the main part of their living space. And as big Columbus fans, they drew in a lot of inspiration in from the city. After talking through some ideas for the piece, I moved away from watercolor for once and bought a giant canvas for the occasion. I hadn’t worked this large since college and it was such a fun and freeing project.
I used a couple Columbus skyline references and took a mixed media approach to completing this piece, trying to pull in as much of those base colors in their decor as I could to really tie the room together.
After a few coats of acrylic as a base, I switched to oil paint, some graphite, and then a few layers of oil pastel and there might even be some white spray paint in there. It was a fun experimentation. Thank you to Jeff and Andrew for allowing me some creative freedom.
We hung this up Thursday afternoon, stepped back and wow -- it really brightens up the space. Such a fun project!
Jeff and Andrew, enjoy!
If you’re looking for custom show-stopper, please get in touch. I’d love to work with you.