New living room artwork – waxing moon

For husband’s birthday 2 years ago I drew the moon on our chalkboard wall to complete his space and Star Wars themed birthday. I painted over that moon 2 months later when I painted over the chalkboard wall. At the time I swore to husband I’d paint him another more permanent moon, as he loved the chalked one. 

And then 2 years happened. Because I’m a disaster and terrible wife. 

I was going through some old blog posts this week and was reminded I still had yet to fulfill my moon painting promise. I figured there was no better time than the present. I had an old canvas that I painted a black-on-black tree about a hundred years ago when I was an emotional teen [which you can see here], and it had been passed from room to room these past years waiting to be painted something proper. Well, half proper. It’s still mostly black. 

It had been something like 7 years since I had last painted, so I have to say it was so relaxing setting aside some time to painting again. 
I used a small plate to trace 3/4 of a circle onto the plain black canvas [sans emo tree], and then I attempted to mimic this waxing gibbous photo of the moon as best as I could. It took me about 2 hours from start to finish. 

I wrote a little here a couple of months ago about my alter-ego career. If I were to start over again and choose a different field of work, I would have loved to have gotten a B.Sc. in Physics with Astronomy. Yes, it seems somewhat random, but I’ve always been fascinated with all things space. Case in point – when I was little, to get myself to go to sleep I’d try and think of how far away the edge of space was and what it looked like. I also used to try and think of a colour no one had ever seen before and as you can imagine, that was an utter failure. But it did nicely segue to some pretty interesting dreams and an overactive imagination. 

Which is why, if you look really hard, there’s a lot of space-themed pieces and books dotted around our apartment. Husband actually hasn’t seen the new painting yet, so hopefully when he comes home tonight he, a) actually notices it so my ego doesn’t take a hit, and b) likes it. 

And above, you can see how well the sockets and heater switches under the stool nicely compliment the waxing moon. I find they really add a certain je ne sais quoi to the space, no?

Happy Friday, friends. Hope you have a good one xx

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  1. January 30, 2015 / 19:07

    Ooosh she's clever this kid!!! I love it, you've done such a brilliant job! It looks beautiful against that yummy berry wall. Ya know, you'd get on well with Wayne, he loves his astronomy/physics too 😉 xxx

    • February 1, 2015 / 08:42

      Really! YES. Robert studied Theoretical Physics in college so we're equally as dorky. I sense a double date happening in the mid-to-near future.

      Nerds FTW! xx

  2. January 30, 2015 / 21:05

    I love it – you've done an amazing reproduction of the waxing gibbous moon, it looks spot on. Like Kimberly said, your painting looks so great against the berry, really striking. I hope husband likes it – I'm sure he'll love it!
    I used to lie awake thinking about the universe too. I'd get my mind in twists thinking about infinity "how can the universe go on forever? Well, if it stopped, then what would be at the edge? There must be something beyond the edge if it has an edge, so what would that be? Does that go on forever?"… and so on! I've started getting into quantum physics lately – I've borrowed Brian Greene's 'The Fabric of the Cosmos' that I need to watch – time and space etc! I'm still new to it, so I've got a lot to learn!
    Maria xx

    • February 1, 2015 / 08:48

      I was very surprised Maria. Husband noticed the painting within 15 minutes of getting home on Friday night. The previous plain black emo canvas was hanging there already, so you'd really have to be on the ball to notice it had been updated. Very impressed. Actual brownie points were awarded.

      I'm sure after a glass we'll geek out completely Maria! Back to Blogtacular times, up until all hours talking complete nonsense, hahahaha. I cannot wait. xx

  3. February 1, 2015 / 19:26

    This is so beautiful! Well done.