But Maryann, Why Did You Stop Posting Your Art?

4.11.2012 the question I know you've all been fretting over.  Fret no more!

Since February I was working on a not-so-top-secret project for my bride-to-be friend Lucy.  It had to be PERFECT, which is why it took me 3 months to make one I felt like I could give to her.  (And even the final one wasn't perfect, but that's OK.  I need to let perfectionism go, even though it only shows up in a few parts of my life.)

The idea came to me when I was driving to my parents's house and the song "To Travels and Trunks" by Hey Marseilles came on one of my mix CDs.  It's about a couple, which has a woman named Lucy in it, and then the chorus played and it hit my like a thunder-bolt:

all I want is love eternally
with your heart facing me

It's such a beautiful song, and I will now forever relate it to Lucy & Kris and their wedding.  :)

So I knew I wanted to incorporate the lyrics, but on a large scale, which is new for me.  Here's the process, the discards, and the finished result!

First things first:

 I didn't actually use that many colors.  I had a difficult time trying to only pick a few to use for a theme.

This was the first one I made, and it's one of my favorites:

But I worried it was too busy and that the art took away from the lettering.  Also the chevron lines are waaay off.

For my second attempt I liked the idea of making the lettering bigger, especially on the words 'love' and 'heart.'

And then my 3rd attempt got bested by a runaway gold paint pen, so it became my try-a-billion-different-things-and-see-if-I-like-any-of-them!

On the coffee table you can see the awesome coasters Lucy got me for my housewarming party!  I love them.

 This was my second favorite.  But I smudged the second 'l' in 'eternally'!  So then it became 'do whatever' as well, and I liked the 'shooting star' type things, but I decided it was maybe too much color going on.

Then I decided to try a whole new font.  I didn't love it, so it also became a drawing board.

The lettering still wasn't popping like I wanted it to, so finally I made it even bigger:

 And then tried to draw with more muted colors:

And there you have the finished product, as I gave it to Lucy!


Gregg and Kelley said...

oh my word Maryann that is BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to see it in person. What a great gift!

Maryann said...

Aww, Kelley thank you so much! It was a labor of true love!

loverstreet said...

a labor of love and perfectionism that resulted in a glorious and captivating piece. did she love it? i do!

jonathan edmund said...

SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!! And I love love love that song. Can I have one of the reject copies?? Or is that weird?

Maryann said...

that's not weird at all, Jonathan! I'm flattered! I think I will keep the first one for myself (with all the color) but if another one caught your eye, let me know!

Maryann said...

And Lindsey, she did love it! I think she plans to frame it, too! I was going to give it to her in a frame, but I didn't want her to feel obligated to hang it in case it wasn't her style.

jonathan edmund said...

Thanks friend! Can I have the one with "Smuding" and "Playing with gold lettering" on it? I actually love how both of those 'imperfections' look :)

Maryann said...