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 […]

Gold Rehaussé – Gilded highlights in trompe l’oeil and ornamentation

Gold Rehaussé is a classic French term refers to method in which the highlight is executed in gold leaf. In decorative painting, this technique was used a lot in the late 18th and early 19th century over polychrome or grisaille ornamentation to replace the “white highlight” in order to give more distinction to the trompe l’oeil. […]

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. […]

Manuel de sculpture sur bois

Manuel de sculpture sur bois is primarily for the wood carver. This is a step-by-step to creating carved ornaments for furniture, panelling, and any other wood project. For the decorative painter, there are tons of classical and period style ornamentation ideas, where it becomes clear how to render a painted design. Technique book on wood […]