31DC2016 Inspired by Art – Helen Frankenthaler, Faerie Tale

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For today’s art prompt, I based my nail art off an amazing abstract painting by Helen Frankenthaler called Faerie TaleThe painting is predominantly shades of green with some coral and faint purplish tones. It has a very whimsical nature that attracted me right away. Because my nails are so short at the moment (after having broken three of them), I didn’t want to do a design that required too much space. For this reason I didn’t try to reproduce the painting too closely on my nails, instead going for the overall feel and color scheme.

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This has been one of my favorite nail art designs I’ve done in a while. I love the pink and green smudged background and how the sharp green lines stand out against it. I used a sponge to dab on the polishes to achieve a softer look, but a watercolor approach would work just as well. The colors aren’t as well blended as in Frankenthaler’s painting, but I don’t mind the textured look. One aspect I don’t think shows up well in the photos is the light green I painted over a section of the white before sponging on the rest of the colors. I was trying to represent the upper part of the painting which doesn’t have any of the abstract designs.

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I love how bold and colorful Helen Frankenthaler’s art is. A few years ago I did nail art inspired by another of her paintings, which you can see here. I definitely recommend checking out her other work. The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is a good place to start as it has many of her paintings and prints (though not all of them).

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