my attempt at abstract art



Since moving to the new apartment, I have grown bored of the floral painting I made for my old bedroom, which is now housed in our guest room.

Though it looked great in my last apartment (bel0w), it felt a bit too literal in its new home.



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So I did what I did before with the flower painting, I decided to paint over it.

Only this time I wanted to test out a new style: abstract.

I’ve been a longtime fan of Jen Ramo’s work, and have been adoring Danielle’s piece in her apartment for several months.

But since I don’t have the budget for a piece like that for my guest room, I decided to try my own take on abstract in a cheerful palette.




… However, the first attempt was unsuccessful.

While I was going for, “cheerful abstract,” Mr. Lively aptly coined this piece, “Clown Vomit.”

Though the name stung a bit, I knew he had a point.

So this weekend I attempted to resurrect the piece and make it slightly less… vomit-like.




This was the end result.

As you can imagine, I was quite keen to hear what Mr. Lively’s art critique would be this time.

He first assessed that this new version looked like “Bird Footprints on Clown Vomit.”

Again, not good.

But then he took another look, and felt there could be an alternative title; “Abstract Tulip Fields.”

Much better. 

So that’s what I’m sticking with.

“Abstract Tulip Fields.”

Though it might not be everyone’s cup of tea – and I know that I’m meant to keep my day job – I kinda like it.

It makes me happy and it feels right at home in the guest room.

Which is really what it’s all about.



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  1. Jess, I think it looks so fun and lively! HA. No, seriously, it really looks lively 🙂

  2. OMG I can totally hear Scott saying clown vomit! So funny. I love it! Definitely need to stay in the guest room again 🙂

  3. I like it! Although, personally, it’d be kind of fun to have a painting with the word ‘vomit’ in its title. But I’m weird like that. 🙂

    Good job!

  4. Sara Turner

    I definitely like the way you reworked it! Clown vomit no more!

  5. I love it! I’ve been wanting to do some paintings for my bedroom. It’s hard for me to commit to a design though!

    1. I can understand! My suggestion would be: just do something! Like I did, you can always repaint it several times later if you like. : )

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