Versailles Palace from a decorative painter’s eye: Faux Marble

I absolutely love the execution of this faux marble!  On this wainscot, Red and Mixed Campan form a dazzling composition.  A very assured and technical panel.   Notice the color shift from pink to burgundy – and the pink transition off the green.  Painted in the mid 19th c in oil. Green Antique breccia mantle – […]

3-day Faux Marble Class at Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

April 26-29, 2013.  The first class held at Golden Artist Colors in New Berlin, NY – finally happened.   Nestled in UPSTATE, NY, the factory is amongst rolling hills and country roads. The class was sold out.  16 students gathered from around the country to learn the challenging skill of veining and much, much more. The […]

Reference book: Identifying Marblemarblemarlbe

After just getting back from teaching a class on faux marble, this book has been on my mind.   I used it as reference when mixing all of my colors.  If you decide to invest in this book, you will be reaching for this indispensable reference book over and over again. It contains over 160 different […]

Versailles Palace from a decorative painter’s eye

  We recently took group of 17 students to tour of Palace of Versailles.  The students were painting a panel for 8 days in a studio near by.  Check out the class photos. As a child growing up in Paris, it was mandatory for students to visit the Palace once a year.  It’s fair to […]

Versailles Class

17 students from all over the world have come together for a 6-day traditional decorative painting workshop, and 2 day tour with Pierre Finkelstein and Jean Sablé in Versailles. What an experience! Check out what’s been happening.  Jean finalizing the layout of his canvas.    Jean working on top ornamentation.    Students working on ornamentation. […]

Gilding at Versailles

Gilding at Versailles is a must have for gilders! This book was written by the head conservator of Versailles. This is a rare view into the secret world of one of the most illustrious French chateaux’s. The authors did not preserve any secrets and show valuable, time-honored gilding techniques. Spanning 4 centuries, the amount of gilding […]

Faux marble in L.A. with Jean Sable

One of our NYC designers commissioned my company, Grand Illusion Decorative Painting, Inc., to paint faux marble on all molding in a newly renovated living space. The Spanish, mission-style house is nestled in the hills of northern LA in a well-known part of town. The designer was going for an Italian-French 18th century interior, right […]