Sometimes I feel like I don’t have a “Theme” to my work like other artisans. Where you can just look at a piece and KNOW that “So and So” did it cause she always has that beach vibe goin’ on, or she always uses white, or she paints like weathered doors…You know what I mean. A look, a brand, something that sets you apart from the rest.
What I’ve come to realize is that I may not have this elusive LOOK because I am inspired by so many things I could never narrow it down. What I do notice is that while I may not have a theme per se, I do draw from my own history and story when I am deciding how to recreate a piece.
I don’t always know my inspiration till I’m finished with the piece. I had no idea where I was going with this beauty till she was all done.
When I looked at the the final result it had my Honeymoon in Greece written all over it. The crisp whites mixes with cerulean blues. I have never been so relaxed as I was on that journey which is why I probably wanted to recreate the feel.
These pieces started with just one color. A crazy fuchsia purple that screamed PAINT WITH ME! so I did.
The paint alone was striking and bold but I couldn’t leave it there. She needed more sophistication and depth. My assistant, Pam, and I were trying to find a complementary color scheme and Pam said she looked like a bougainvillea. Voila! There was the memory. Living in both San Francisco and in Alameda I always had a trailing Bogy welcoming me onto my porch each day.
So here’s what evolved from all the inspiration. Both from world travels and from the joys of a welcoming porch.
Living here in the DC Metro the climate will not support my Mediterranean friend I’m afraid. I still love the way the intense pinks play with chartreuse and purple to give an other worldly pop of color.
SO there you have it, my Bogy inspired dresser set. She may not be able to live on your porch like mine did but she’ll bring her playful intensity with here wherever she goes.