Decorative Painting Examples and Terminology PART II

When decorating your home, you inevitably face the dilemma of what to put on your walls. Plain color? Wallpaper? How about doing some decorative painting that incorporates the use of a “stencil” or “chinoiserie”? The first installment of this post discussed the terms “faux finish, decorative painting, murals, gilding and trompe l’oeil”. Go back one… Continue reading Decorative Painting Examples and Terminology PART II

Decorative Painting Examples and Terminology PART I

When decorating your home, you inevitably face the dilemma of what to do with your walls. Paint them a plain color? Wallpaper? How about doing some decorative painting such as a “faux finish” or “mural”? If you are exploring decorative painting options, you will first need to know the terms to use when consulting your… Continue reading Decorative Painting Examples and Terminology PART I

My favorite Decorating Trends of 2011-2012

As a decorative artist and lover of design, I try to stay on top of decorating trends and keep images and ideas that are fresh and exciting at the top of my head to use as inspiration for upcoming projects. As we come to the end of 2011 and start to look ahead to the… Continue reading My favorite Decorating Trends of 2011-2012

Pinterest…my latest internet obsession

I have a new obsession thanks to my new friend and internet officianado, Regina Garay. I saw some posts on her blog “fauxology” that included images from a site called pinterest.com The images were interesting and beautiful so I thought I would check it out. If you are like me and feel that you MUST… Continue reading Pinterest…my latest internet obsession

Decorative Hallloween Pumpkins

I was recently asked to paint and donate a pumpkin to Meadowbrook School in Northbrook to auction off at their upcoming “Pumpkinfest” celebration. I have had a ball coming up with ideas…now the hard part will be deciding which one to donate, which ones to sell and which ones to keep!! I thought I would… Continue reading Decorative Hallloween Pumpkins

A Child Prodigy and True Inspiration

I have heard of her before; I saw her on Oprah. I’ve come across her artwork online. But today, I decided to research her story. I am in awe. Her name is Akiane Kramirek and she is an extremely gifted artist, poet and philosopher from Idaho. At four years old she received divine inspiration and… Continue reading A Child Prodigy and True Inspiration

Kings, Queens and Courtiers…

I recently saw an interesting exhibit at Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibit, entitled Kings, Queens and Courtiers showcased many Illuminated Manuscripts from the 15th Century, beautiful tapestries, sculptures and more. The illuminated manuscripts were of particular interest to me. I have been intrigued by the books and images I have seen on the internet… Continue reading Kings, Queens and Courtiers…