So I’ve been looking for ways to cozy up our back patio, and everything I’ve read keeps saying, “Create the feeling of a room outdoors!” – you know, like with outdoor rugs, and $200 outdoor lamps, and magical elves who build wooden lattices in the night. I don’t have any of that stuff, but I did have the thought that possibly – just MAYBE – I could decorate outdoors with art. That’s right, it’s living with art outside. WHOA. Slow down, Nellie!
Before trying to implement this idea on a grand scale along the back side of the house, I decided to try it on a small scale out front.
For reference, here’s our front porch:
On a scale of 1 to CURB APPEAL, it’s roughly a 2.2, although I have tried to add a bit of charm in this corner:
No one will ever buy this as an outdoor room, but I figure I can totally hang a piece of art, right?
For sentimental reasons, I decided to display the first canvas I ever painted, which looked like this:
Her face is pretty flat and yellow, so I did a bit of touch-up work. I also dug around in the garage and found this frame from Goodwill.
To prevent mildew, mold, and/or a general spiraling into chaos, I sealed the front of the mat and painted the back with gesso. I also sealed the canvas about 47 different times while my husband ran to the store for chain and hooks.
I don’t know how well the layers translate in the picture, but in real life, they look pretty cool!