Showing posts from May, 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 A hand painted well-worn shabby chic 3" pine …


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 Buy at LRStudio Etsy Shop 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 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.


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…