Thursday, October 31, 2013

ORC linking participant-art day


Thanks again to Linda of Calling it Home, for lighting a really big fire under me and about 70 more people.
If you missed my progress on this guest bedroom/ college son's room, here are the previous weeks
You may remember one of my inspirations for this room included a gallery of portraits.


Well I thought I had it covered, the wall that is. I took my photos on Tuesday afternoon and got around to uploading them around 10 pm. Panic city! I had not noticed until I looked at photos that the wall looked half dressed, a waist up situation. Where the heck was I going to get more portraits in time? The answer was in my studio. I was up until 3 am creating.


I generally don't paint people but this was an emergency.


I worked from photos and this guy was loosely based on the statue of David.


This was just a random man with glasses.


It was late and I still needed one more so I did a simple gestural self portrait from a blurry reflection. I had it on Instagram and someone commented on my beard. Funny, very funny.


These are linocut prints by my grandmother and the portrait of the gentleman in blue is a painting she did of her father. There is also a portrait of my great-great grandfather too.


Under the baby portrait is a linocut of a man playing guitar and I found it particularly apt since my son (Mr. Death Metal Maniac) plays guitar.


Earlier this week, I posted about this commissioned portrait of my son as a baby. The very talented Sam Kimura painted it. 

"Mettle" oil on canvas by Kerry Steele

I painted this 36 x 36, titled "Mettle", specifically for the room.


I found a spot for one more of my paintings above this bookshelf and tucked a small landscape by Sally Kelly in too. Our house is a revolving gallery. Things move from room to room, get sold, I paint something new and it starts all over. Don't be surprised if you see one of these in my shop in the future.
My to do list is looking pretty good. Its funny how things get tacked on as you go, like painting three portraits in an all night frenzy.

To Do List
 1. Throw away box of Mike's Hard Lemonade empties in the closet and scrub everything including carpet.
2.Paint walls
3. Source vintage furniture and accessories
4. Move Queen bed in
5. Install new light fixture
6. Trick out the bed with cool pillows
7. Hang curtains
8. Hang art including 2 custom paintings, wait let's make that 5

9. Final zhush

Come back next week for the whole enchilada and all of my sources!

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39 comments:

Behind Those Doors said...

Kerry you are super talented! I love, love, love your portraits, and the gallery wall is comming together beautifully.

SHERRY HART said...

Dang...if we were neighbors I could style while you painted:) Loving those portraits and you should definitely do some for the shop. I want one! Looks great so far!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

You are beyond talented! YOur portraits are amazing. I envy your ability to just whip up some art!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Kerry, this looks fantastic. I love the stories behind the art, too. I hope your son appreciates this. But if not, at least you will love this room. It looks great.

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

You have a very artistic family. Amazing portraits! I can imagine your home being a revolving gallery - to be expected :)

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

The gallery wall looks fantastic Kerry! Love the Mettle painting, too!!! great mix of portraits and love that your grandmother's things are in there, I know she was so influencial in your life. You look finished already! great job.
xo Nancy

Vel Criste said...

Your gallery wall looks fabulous Kerry! Love the "mettle" the most but of course, your sel portrait is my quirky favorite!The navy really made your art pop! Almost there dear, see you net week for the reveal!!!

Kim said...

Kerry, I love the old family portraits you were able to incorporate and the addition of your pieces just make it more special! What a beautiful wall!! DMM should be proud! xo

Alyson said...

Wow! That is really impressive. I love the portrait wall and the ones you painted yourself. Super talented.

Karena Albert said...

Kerry I love how you can create art at a moments notice; you are so very talented!

xoxo
Karena
Review: "Fifth Avenue Style"

Cathy Wall said...

I love the portraits Kerry! And that you stayed up half the night creating. The gallery wall is fabulous and full of sentimental works and the room is looking amazing!

Traci Hutton said...

Lovely gallery wall! Can't wait to see the finale!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oh looking good! Think he'll like it when he's home for break?

Ashley @ The Houston House said...

As an artist myself, I am so impressed how fast you whipped those out! They look great!

Eris @ The Pink House Reno said...

I'd say you should paint people more often! Fantastic!

My Notting Hill said...

Stunning gallery wall!! Wow, that's amazing how you whipped up those other portraits. Love it all against the dark walls.

Patty Rumaker said...

Your painting are incredible and I see you get your talent from your grandmother. I love the wall and your paintings. It is all coming together! Looking forward to next week.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Kimber McGallagher said...

Kerry, you are so darn cool. I love how it is coming together.

C a i t l i n said...

How VERY VERY lucky you are to have artwork done by your grandmother. I have a few very cool ash trays (hey , it was the fifties) and dishes that my grandmother made that I just love. -Caitlin

Jessica said...

Great portrait wall! I really like the more abstract pieces mixed in with the linocuts and the traditional portraits.

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

seriously? you are beyond amazing... whipping up art and late at night. Hats off to you and what a talent you are!

ingrid@nowathomemom said...

WOW! it's a beautiful wall you have there, love the paintings you made and the one you commissioned of your son when he was a baby is gorgeous! :-)
can't wait to see the reveal next week!

meg said...

Wow the paintings are all stunning!!! Love how the yellow in the paintings against the navy!

mrs. V | Chez V said...

wow, is all I can say. All of the portraits are stunning but I love the ones you just whipped up. mega talent!

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

Your gallery wall is just stunning! I so wish I had the ability to just whip up some art pieces when I needed them. :) What talent you have!

Carol said...

Love the gallery wall - you are super talented! Looking forward to seeing your final reveal. see you next week!

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor said...

I'm in awe of how you can just whip up art pieces like that. Can you stop by my house this weekend?? :-)

Stacey said...

Wowza! I am super impressed with the gallery wall and your talent! That wall colour still makes me drool! Looking forward to next week!

willowinteriors said...

Wow, your guest/son's room is coming out great. I love a portrait wall and that's crazy that you can just whip up some art!!!! Can't wait for next week!!

therelishedroost said...

Fantastic!! Love the gallery wall and ally our picks.. he is one lucky son!!
Cant wait for reveal!
Karolyn

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I love what you are able to just 'whip up'. Your talent is crazy good!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

You are the only person I know that can just whip up a gallery wall of portraits. Insane. I love the portrait gallery wall concept. Very sophisticated. It's already looking amazing!!

Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse} said...

You are a seriously talented lady! You might want to change your stance on painting portraits because those are beautiful!!

The Pink Pagoda said...

This room is looking crazy good, Kerry! I'm dying over every single aspect. Not sure what you're going to improve between now and next week...

Simply Modern Home said...

Amazing! I wish I had commissioned you to do a piece for my guest room for the One Room Challenge!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Oh my gosh...you did a fabulous job on the gallery wall...love what your doing...

Kristen Alcorta said...

Wow! Does he know how lucky he is to have all that great art in his room??! Looks great!

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

Your talent is endless!!!

Mary Jo said...

Wow I can not believe you did so many paintings so quickly, but it looks amazing from what I can tell!

xo Mary Jo
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