Shoulda Been Father’s Day Gift

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day!  Ben is a tough guy to get gifts for.  He’s not interested in techy things, doesn’t need dressy clothes, and is extremely practical.  Because he mentioned wanting one large item on the family room mantel, I decided to make him a huge painting.

MCM Chairs Finished in Family Room

Actually, I came up with the idea after seeing two foot by four foot canvases at Michael’s for 30 bucks.  Better yet, I had a 50% off coupon.  Inspired by Karen Smidth’s paintings, I set out to make a semi abstract landscape painting based on this photo I took several years ago in western Montana.

Western-Montana-Picture-for-Painting

We’ve been there several times as a quick weekend getaway and have always really enjoyed ourselves, so it seemed perfect.  Using acrylic paints I had in my craft stash, I started painting.  Then Ben came home earlier than I expected and saw what I was working on.  Luckily, he really liked it, but I’m not totally in love with it.

Landscape-Painting-on-Mantel

Some of the details I like. Like the snow-capped mountains and grass.

Landscape-Painting-Detail

And the size is great.  What seemed huge carrying around the store now looks perfectly normal on the mantel.

Landscape-Painting-in-Family-Room

The overall look is kind of a minimal abstract mixed with Grandma Moses folksy.

Landscape-Painting-from-Left-Side

But the colors make me smile and the intended recipent likes it, so that’s what really matters, right?!  That’s what I’ll keep telling myself, anyway.  Who knows though, it could grow on me.  Or I could get the urge to change some things.  I didn’t bother painting the sides because I want to build wood frame to finish it off.

Landscape-Painting-Unpainted-Sides

And there’s still the ceiling to finish.  Ugh, I can’t work up the desire to sand it smooth.

Landscape-Painting-and-Ceiling-to-Finish

In other news, our bathroom is featured in the current issue of Kitchen + Bath Makeovers!!

Kitchen-+-Bath-Makeovers-Feature

Ahh, so crazy to see our faces and home smiling back at us.

Is your guy a tough one to buy for?  I considered getting a bocce ball set because we’re building a court out front, but that didn’t seem as personal.  Do you have a go to dude gift?

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15 thoughts on “Shoulda Been Father’s Day Gift

    1. Hi Katrina!

      Isn’t that annoying?! I think my biggest problem is I picture something in my head and then it doesn’t turn out exactly like it and I’m disappointed. But right when Ben saw it, he said he really liked it. Completely unprompted, so you know it’s true. 😉

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  1. Congrats on being featured! So fun (and I love that magazine). That landscape reminds me of where my in-laws used to live in Seeley Lake; western Montana is so wonderful! My husband is hard to buy for as well-but gifts aren’t as important to him as they are to me, so from the heart always hits the sweet spot. I need to figure out something large to do for our mantle, the hard thing is that it’s a corner fire place so a lot of space to stage depth wise, but nothing to lean against really…alas…

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