Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Class is Now in Session...(or...was..)

For the first time in quite awhile, I had a class here at the studio. Nine of the fine members of Florida's Golden Palette were here for the better part of a Saturday for their monthly meeting and to paint a design that I had prepared for them. The group is our local chapter of IDAL, International Decorative Artisans League. We all had a great time, or so it seemed, had probably way too many snacks available, thanks to my wife, Illene, and everyone did an amazing job on their paintings, especially given the time constraint and the fact that they all had to stand while painting (poor babies....,sigh>  ;-)). I don't usually keep nine chairs in the studio.....I will next time though.
The images they painted were based on a small painting I did a long time ago....sort of based partly on a banana tree from a Zuber wall covering design and an urn image I foun...probably in a Dover book. I basically 'erased' all the color from a digitised version of the original to end up with a line drawing, or cartoon, which I then printed at about 17" x 24" on base coated wall liner. As I mentioned, everyone did a great job, as you can see in the photos below.

Thanks to all that took part. It was fun.


Sunday, May 02, 2010

The Secret Garden

This project took a while. It was worth the extra time spent, I believe. The concept was to paint a panel, approximately 45" x 52" which was to reside behind a set of windows on my client's lanai. The panel was to look like a hand-painted tile mural and it would be somewhat old...a little weathered and cracked. Below is a detail image that includes my red string, or part of it. And below the image is a little video I made of the mural in it's final location, with music by good friend Dave Berry.

Bye, Bye Winnie:-(

Well....it's been a long and enjoyable visit with Winnie the Pooh, Tiger, Piglet and the others. But the time has come to say goodbye and prepare for a new adventure on Mackenzie's bedroom walls. She'll be 10 a week or so from now and has outgrown Winnie and friends. Make no mistake though...we all still love Winnie and his friends very much. They be just fine.

So here in the photo we see Mackenzie-angelo and Shelby Van Gogh, ummm....erasing our furry friends. In their place, I will be painting something a little more contemporary in shades of light greens and blues.....a sort of water or deep blue sea theme to go along with Mac's new bed coverings. I'll post a photo of the finished walls later....I haven't yet started....

Oh, yeah...did I mention we listed the house and studio last week?
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