Archives for May 2014

PFI Oak Woodgraining Contest Winner

Once again, Jeremy Taylor has won our PFI oak woodgraining contest.   Pierre judges strictly on talent and it seems that Jeremy’s entry won the prize.  If you think you have a better entry, you better enter the contest next time!!  Jeremy will part with a $50 gift certificate to along with the following spotlight.   […]

Art Nouveaux Stencil Floor

Here is a stencil floor with an Art Nouveaux stencil pattern in Soho, NYC. The floor was designed on a computer for client approval. Then, it was printed larger and with specifications for the laser stencil company. This is the approved sample. The floor was stained and sealed with a Dura Seal varnish by the […]

Italy class panel is complete!

We are proud to announce that the Italy class panel is complete!  This panel will be painted on canvas by students in 8 days with instructors Pierre Finkelstein and Carolina d’Ayala Valva (author of this great book).  This class takes place in Rome on September 13-22, 2014. Class Info:  This workshop consists of 8 days […]

Salon 2014 – Seattle

Last week, I attended the 19th annual Salon 2014 Seattle event hosted by Cathy Conner of Studio C. It was held in a newly renovated Union Station in the International District of Seattle.  The venue was perfect for painting.  The first day and a half was sunny and the rest was cloudy and rainy — […]

The History of the Decorative Painter – Part 3

The History of the Decorative Painter – Part 3    The 20th century to today The interest in and growth of decorative painting continued into the early 20th century; most notably, the Art Deco style of the 1920’s and 30’s employed stenciling, gilding and wood graining extensively. The first wallpaper goes back to the early Egyptian […]