Last week I entered a spoonflower contest that was inspired by the Matisse exhibit currently on display at the Nasher Art Museum at Duke University. I actually had just been thinking about Matisse and the bold textiles and wallpapers he used in his paintings when I painted a dog portrait of Rosie.
So I ended up coming up with Rose Garden, big abstract roses entwined in thorny branches, much like the background of my painting. It was a palette restricted contest so we had to use the colors chosen for us. I wasn’t so sure about the colors at first, but sometimes the unexpected color palette creates something beautiful.
I was SO thrilled when I saw the contest results and I ended up in the top ten with 3rd place! Not only that, all the top ten designs are going to be printed and displayed at the Nasher Art Museum for a first Thursday event on December 6. Unfortunately, I live a little far to see it in person, but WOW what an honor!
Photo by the folks at Spoonflower. See more pictures of the top 10 here.