I made this Damien Hirst inspired painting for my friend who went with me to the Damien Hirst exhibit (which was amazing, beautiful, disconcerting, controversial... in short, I loved it!) at the Tate Modern back in May on our London trip.
After looking at a lot of his dot paintings, I thought "what is it that makes these so enjoyable to look at?" I think it's the combination of various colors, and the consistency at which they are spaced. If I'm correct, the space between the dots is the same length as the dots themselves. After that determination, there was a lot of math involved in trying to figure out how many dots and where to place them on my canvas! Once it was figured out that I would do twenty 2 inch dots, I grabbed twenty different colors of paint and set to work!
My sister and I then decided to get her a polka dotted duvet cover. After searching and searching for the perfect duvet cover, finding it sold out of the colorway we wanted, we decided to make one from a flat sheet in the same colorway. (I say "we," but I really mean my sister, as she's the one with the sewing machine skills!)
Since these poorly lit pictures definitely don't do the real thing justice, you can see the Dot to Dot Percale Bedding (click on Multi Dot) from Garnet Hill. We were lucky enough to get the King size sheet!
With the Garnet Hill flat sheet, a plain white king flat sheet, and one of our duvet covers as a pattern, my sister worked her magic!
How cute are these buttons?! She used a combination of polka dotted, striped and solid orange buttons.
Hey, where'd the painting go?
Anyways, I think it all turned out really well! And if you're in need of a little whimsy for your walls, grab a canvas and paint some dots in homage of Hirst!