PFI Medallion Contest Winner: Dee Cunningham

Congratulations Dee Cunningham! “A painting starts with a series of sketches.  To get to this point there are several hours of research, designing, discussions with the client, revisions, then final approval.  Sometimes the sketch is done in color. For this piece, we had images of stone that we selected for age, color and patina. I […]

Lettering Samina

This flat-tip, lettering samina has proved to be the softest hair that still ‘springs’ into action, for water mediums. It’s square tip allows for starting and stopping each letter/line with a traditional right angle. Using your pinkie as a guide, create controlled ‘thin-thick-thin’ strokes, evenly every time. This brush is a must have for sign […]

IDAL 2013 Convention

We had a great time at the this years IDAL 2013 Convention!  The annual event was held in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 8-12, 2013.  International Decorative Artisans League had its 29th anniversary.  The non-profit organization has been serving the decorative painting industry by offering classes to members in regional chapters along with this annual event.  […]

Upcoming: trompe l’oeil class in Manhattan

Pierre Finkelstein will teach a trompe l’oeil class to a  handful of students in his studio on December 5-7, 2013.  CLICK HERE for more information

Slanted Striping Sable

The Slanted Striping Sable is our primary brush for the thinnest, straightest lines desired in striping. Used on its side, every tip of the hand-selected sable hair should be in contact for the longest, and most consistent stripe. Truly, the slanted, sable striping brush will prove to be invaluable when used effectively with a Striping […]

Trompe l’oeil on faux oak elevator door

Oh what a difference trompe l’oeil makes!  In NYC, it is building code that all elevator doors are made of metal.  Many of our clients have a private elevator entrance in their apartments.   This is a great opportunity for us to woodgrain and add trompe l’oeil paneling. Here is the basecoated metal door.   This post […]

Versailles, France workshop and tour

Last year’s Versailles, France workshop and tour was a huge success.  Join Pierre Finkelstein and Jean Sablé for classic instruction on a unique panel. Click here for more information and to see the class panel.   Save the date!  

IDAL 2013

Special Promotion:  Sign up for ANY Pierre Finkelstein class at IDAL 2013 convention and receive $50 of FREE BRUSHES!! Take a sneak peak of Pierre’s Class 1 & 2 at this years 2013 IDAL convention. Class 1: W305- CORNER CEILING ORNAMENT Class 2: T305- TROMPE L’OEIL Striping on Corner Element To learn more and register […]

PFI MEDALLION CONTEST

Show me your best painted medallion!  Rendering a profiled, circular object is a great challenge and exercise for a decorative painter. I have a specific way of creating my trompe l’oeil effects (see my step-by-step post).  I have also seen many different styles and approaches that are successful. Show me how you do it! The […]

The Medallion Step by Step

Here’s a great medallion step-by-step in the process of trompe l’oeil .  For those of you who attend the IDAL annual expo, you may have seen me demonstrate this process at my booth. Or, maybe you’ve seen it in my book, The Art of Faux. (The Art of Faux – me with a younger hand) […]