Archives for August 2013

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) […]

Elements of Light and Shadow – the Sphere

Trompe l’oeil forms are modeled by means of a precisely painted gradation of values, which expresses the effects of the direction and quality of light on the object. See the sphere below. 1- Highlight accent     2- Highlight halftone     3- Shadow halftone     4- Shadow accent    5- Reflected light The form shadow is the area of the […]

Trompe l’oeil

Trompe l’oeil is a French phrase that literally means “fool the eye.” In decorative painting, trompe l’oeil techniques use the interplay between light and shadow to create an illusion of dimension and depth. Trompe l’oeil techniques are only used to depict inanimate or stationary objects such as architectural details and still lifes. There are six […]

Ceiling Ornament in New Orleans

The fifth wall is a neck-breaker but it well worth it for the visual impact.  This center ornament was painted on a wood ceiling in New Orleans. The ceiling in this grand room is high, so we agreed on this French ornamentation pattern along with a color palette that is aligned with the Cajun heritage. […]