It is always interesting to see a decorative painter’s portfolio. It is a personal collection that, whether the artist wants it to or not, is a direct reflection of themselves. Like looking into someone’s purse, we can see a collection that has been put together over time. I have had the opportunity to see many portfolios over the years. For example, one fellow artist, Holly Whiting, has a portfolio that is very different from my own. It is a soft collection as mine tends to be a bit heavier. This has always been funny to me since I am not the typical “guy’s guy.” I will provide for my family but don’t ask me to hang a shelf or build a birdhouse. Holly, on the other hand, would come over to my house on a motorcycle and build that shelf for me! And still our samples seem as if we accidentally traded them with each other.
In this new series I thought it would be nice to see what an artist would show as their “wow” finish if asked. Showcasing three artists at a time, this is a series I really hope you enjoy.
This sample board is a finish that encompasses all the. Things I love about creating wall finishes. First it has a lot of surface texture. I enjoy coming up with finishes that entice someone to impulsively come up and touch it. The background is stria silver palette deco. I particularly enjoy using a shimmery plaster for this technique because the final product looks a lot like raw silk fabric. Second the raised area of the stencil on top is clear palette deco. When that dried I applied my favorite medium at the present Gold Leaf. The glare of the metal, lends itself beautifully to stencils, fine art projects and wall finishes. My finished board mixes texture, sheen, and colors in a way that can be easily translated to a formal decor or feature area.
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My city, San Antonio, is very much in love with classic European design, especially what is commonly called “Old World”. Homes and furnishings tend to be traditional, and hand-painted designs and scrollwork are very popular. A favorite finish of mine is a simple aged sandstone with faded, washed-out designs as in this tower ceiling. (Looks almost medieval, doesn’t it?) While we’ve all done similar projects with aged plaster, my passion is the hand-painted element. Usually the scrollwork is very elaborate – I like this tower design for its relative simplicity. I keep the colorations soft and not very saturated – I want the result to look authentically “aged”. And if the client wants a little theatrical drama, we can add that too – a little gold leaf incorporated into the design, or heavier “aging”, goes a long way!
Interestingly enough, the same client for whom I did the medieval tower also had a small elevator in their home, and they selected a relatively contemporary finish for the inside of the shaft, which is visible through the elevator’s glass doors. I troweled on a variety of metallics – three different coppers, some silver, a dark smokey color, and some champagne – to give an impression of aged metal. The finish isn’t meant to be authentically aged or patina’d, although those finishes are very popular right now. This is more an illusion of metal, and is easy to achieve, usually in one careful pass. On top of a metallic copper base coat, I dab the various colors onto my trowel and “push” or “slide” it onto the wall in vertical motions. Layering the colors is very satisfying – it feels like I’m working on a piece of abstract art. I’ve done this finish in primarily silver tones, gold tones, and copper like this one, and sometimes with a tremendous amount of detail. Always a “wow” finish, especially on a large feature wall.
San Antonio Murals
This project is still in progress and consists of a large hallway, bathroom, secondary hallway, master bedroom, sitting room and a large master bath. However, the master bedroom and sitting room have been completed. The focal point of the bedroom is the mural on the bedroom ceiling with a painted rusty trellis and medallion. Surrounding the mural is a broken limestone wall finish created with a glazed Tuscan Plaster. The trim is finished with Faux Effects Stain and Seal and the walls are finished with a custom tinted StucoLux polished plaster. Above the bed is a large canvas that I created using leftover plasters and acrylics. The sitting room has a teal blue metallic finish on the ceiling and a custom Marmorino Plaster on the wall areas. An accent wall surrounding the counter top is finished using a polished Veneziano Italian Plaster.
Lazenby’s Decorative Arts Studio
Rik Lazenby and Jennifer Lazenby
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