Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Wonderful Shabby Chic Cottage Art

I have worked on some new framed panels for the Painted Cottage Home Shop. I think they are wonderful colorful exciting new addition in my shop. You can buy them in my LRStudio Etsy Shop. These paintings are to enhance your home decor with a complete ready to hang Cottage Art. No fuss and look great hung as a group or individually. My strong and sturdy frames are hand crafted with pine. I hand paint these frames with a colored base coat and add a top coat of white. I rubbed back the white paint and scraped to show the underlying color and wood. I sealed the frames with a non yellowing varnish. All materials are superior quality and tested. Sometimes you have to push the aging process to get the desired effects of shabby chic. My frames are simply shabby cottage chic and my art fits the frames decor beautifully.Outstanding framed art for the lavishly cottage shabby chic decor.

Shabby Chic Framed Cottage Art Thistles and Lace

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A hand painted well-worn shabby chic 3" pine frame surrounds a 6" panel of colorful thistles lace and cornflowers. I used acrylic paints for my original artwork and latex paints on the frame. I craft my own frames. This frame is painted with a dark green base then a white latex paint is applied over the green then distressed. The overall size is 12" square and is ready to hang with a sawtooth hanger.
To Buy CLICK HERE

Sensational Framed Shabby Chic Hand Painted Iris

Sensational Framed Shabby Chic Hand Painted Iris
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Cottage Art: An iris painted with shades of blues, greens, lavenders and yellows and framed in this wonderful shabby chic frame completes your cottage home. A terrific wedding, birthday, house-warming or hostess gift is guaranteed success. The iris is an acrylic painting on a 5" square panel.
The overall size is 10" square is ready to hang.
To Buy CLICK HERE

Thursday, May 26, 2011

SHABBY CHIC HANDPAINTED WOODEN COTTAGE TRAYS FOR ENTERTAINING .

Don't you love trays? I know I do. They are so tremendous with unlimited valuable uses from decorating your cottage with its shabby chic style to being a unique strong serving tray for a lifetime of enjoyment. My wooden trays are made of the finest woods and I use the highest quality paints and superior finishes. They are amazing beautiful gifts for anyone. Give someone a handmade one of a kind gift and you show them how much they mean to you.

Hand Painted Sturdy Country Cottage Shabby Chic Wood Tray

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Hand painted with a bouquet laying across the tray and hand crafted in poplar and pine. The tray has an original finish I created called verdigris and is sealed with a special lacquer spray so it will take a beating. 

Cottage Style Shabby Chic Hand Painted Wood Serving Tray

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I combined Shabby Chic with Upscale Cottage for this new wallpaper design in colors of muted yellows,greens and verdigris is hand painted on my tray and hand crafted in poplar and pine.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

MY PASSION, WHAT IS YOURS?

A passion finally comes alive.

Last night I pulled out some of my old books on decorative painting and perused through them. I love to paint and create different finishes. My favorite artist is from England, Annie Sloane. She really gets into the basics and shows many techniques which I have employed on some of the earlier furniture restorations in my career. As I flipped through the pages I noticed how alive I was feeling my heart racing with enthusiasm and I thought about what I had in the studio. What kind of concoctions could I mix together for a finish that would enhance one piece or the other? What could I build or design to merge what I love? And then I thought is this my passion? Is this what floats my boat or gets my mojo going? Yup!

I have decided to fully be a decorative painter. It was a choice I made decades ago even when I ran my flower shop I was a decorative painter. Somehow I lost touch with the wish I had for being a creative artist. I will paint my paintings when the mood allows. It is the study of wall fresco and plasters and woods being cut and paints being applied and creating something from a stick of wood that I find exciting. It is a passion, my passion. I have put my ego to the side and discovered an exciting wonderful truth.

How many of us have these ‘parent tapes’ endlessly playing in our heads or well-meaning people giving advise as they see it? These thoughts and words get caught up in our minds and if you allow them to take hold you start to live so. I know I have struggled with purpose and passion and why am I here for way too long. I am not a person who can just routinely go through life. You all know the type gets up goes to a job they hate comes home and well just exists. I need to know why are things the way they are. I need to keep pushing myself to be better than I was a moment ago. I need to ask questions and I need to figure out my answers. I do not think it matters how old or young you are to ask the questions. I think to say because I am… (fill in the rest) and never bother asking is worst.

Most people would not want my life. Guess what it is not theirs it is mine, all mine, and it is wonderful. Enjoy life, live it with passion every moment you can and keep asking your questions and discovering your truths. It is worth it, I promise.

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