Sunday, April 3, 2016

Meet the artist- David Masterson...

Some people paint to make money, but the true artist paints because they are driven to, never factoring in how profitable a piece might be.

Walking into David Masterson's studio is proof of his obsession with painting! No surface is left untouched. Every wall and available ceiling space is covered and stacked with painted works.

Not only does David paint on canvas, he sculpts wood and works with ceramics as well as directing and producing film.  David Masterson is a true creator! You can follow David on facebook- he is in the studio daily painting .

I found him while I was working out of town for a month. His son worked in a paint store I was in and after we chatted, he said I ought to meet his Dad. Walking in the studio, I saw influences of Picasso, Ben Shawn, Matisse and aboriginal art.

Most of his work is large and on canvas or board.

The closer you look, you see layers of texture , collage and frenetic brush strokes.

His works on paper might be smaller in size but offer the same amount of energy!

Many works reflect his travels to Europe and other parts of the world.

Need some energy on your walls? Would you like to invest in real art? Contact David about investing in original art for your environment.

 If you are ever in Center, Texas, stop by..... David will be there....painting!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Embellishing a Catholic Church...

Did you ever just "click" with someone the minute you met them? I had that happen on a job recently. I was bidding on a simple gilding of a crucifix for a Catholic church and one thing led to another,....

The priest wanted to break up all of the stained wood and bring in some embellishments.

My inspiration came from a frame in the Metropolitan museum in NYC- I took this picture a few years before and thought the motif would be perfect for this job.

I scaled the design to fit the chevrons over the statuary and hand painted the motif using Modern Masters Pharaoh Gold and gold leaf.

A few days into the job, the ritual of espresso began...(perks of the job when the priest previously lived in Rome.)

Claydon House by Farrow and Ball proved to be the perfect blue for the background of the niches. 

Gilded stars finished the concept. Such an improvement!

...and I haven't even gilded the crucifix yet! That will happen next week.

It didn't hurt that my new bag from Rome arrived the same week! I hope my art samples can live up to such a beautiful bag! What an inspirational week! 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Venetian Treasures...

Sometimes, you don't have to travel to Venice to find Venetian treasures!

While digging through a stack of linens at an estate sale, recently I saw a mooring post peering back at me...

 My heart skipped a beat as I dug further....

 Placemats, napkins and a runner! All different Venetian motifs.

The stitchery was exquisite. Motifs include the San Marco horses, mooring posts, ships, wells, and of course gondolas! They were in pristine condition, never used with the "Made in Italy" tags still on each piece.

This is what every collector dreams of...finding that elusive needle in a haystack of "stuff". In  all the years I have traveled to Italy, I have never seen anything like these! Google tells me it is 5,410 miles from my house to Venice, Italy, I found these linens ten miles from my house...who knew? 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

All Things Venice!!!

A few years ago, I met Isabella Campagnol who was with Rubelli in Venice at the time. Being from Venice, Isabella has always looked at the historical side of its past. She has recently written two books that Venetian lovers will truly enjoy!

Forbidden Fashions is available through Amazon  (and Kindle)and explores the decadent and controversial outfits worn by nuns in the early Venetian convents. Fur, silk, make-up and elaborate hair were the norm as many  of these women were locked in convents for monetary reasons by their families.

If you want to find the best kept secrets in Venice from a woman's perspective, this book is a must! My Pretty Venice  is available at this time through amazon,it and will be on in October.
Shopping, interesting secrets that only locals know about and so many other things are included to make a woman's trip to Venice special. Shop like the locals with this book and come home with a truly authentic Venetian experience.

I want to thank Isabella for letting me know about her books and will be purchasing them soon! If you have travels in your plans, be sure and pick up these books before you go! Ciao!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

New Etsy Store for Art's the Answer!

I am excited!

Art't the Answer now has an etsy shop where you can purchase hand marbled book marks....

and marbled river rocks that can be used in many creative ways...

They can be stacked under a bonsai tree or in a zen garden...

Used decoratively in a shelf vignette...

Or even in a photo shoot for detail shots. I will be adding other creative items as time goes on.

So please check out my etsy shop and remember...

All proceeds go towards more art supplies and food for our two cats! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Scanlon Apparati...!

 Beth Scanlon of Scanlon Apparati is my newest obsession!

Her combinations of intricate marbled papers with old maps and drawings can't be matched! Look at the detail of this wastebasket...the front side is actually recessed so the wooden tassels and awning could be added. This is part of the Tiepolo Pink collection. (My favorite!)

This photo shows many products from a design show in California last year.  Scanlon makes letter holders, wastebaskets, tissue boxes and other ephemera.

I saved the best for last. I don't know if I could bear to put trash in this, but I want it! Italian papers and intricate old maps make my heart skip a beat!...ok. one more photo to make your heart beat a little faster...

To quote from the website- "Admiring Tiepolo and the beautiful tent behind the figure of Asia traveling to Europe on the Wurzburg fresco, it occurred to me the Magi must have traveled with tents. So, my cartonnage tent originated as a Christmas piece. Charmed and not wanting to put it away, I turned to tent follies which also represented different continents and historical eras. I chose the Haga Park style because its designer, Luis Jean Deprez, was a French painter and architect who traveled frequently to Italy and I am an American artist who works with Italian paper. I imagine that Deprez may have admired Tiepolo's work too"."

I hope you have enjoyed these images as much as I do!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ft. Worth Finds..Dunnagan's

Last year, I spent some time in Ft. Worth, Texas on business. I had to pass by this building almost every day and it really intrigued me! I had no time to stop and investigate and could only get this poor photo through the car window when the light turned red. I would circle the block several times just to get this sad little photo!

I have been back a few times since and never had time to investigate further until yesterday!

The old iron shop is locked tight and appears to be abandoned. I looked in the windows and saw nirvana! I would love to know more about it.

All I could find is that it is family owned. I am not sure if it is open at all or now out of business.

The work is obviously done by someone with passion for their trade.

If anyone knows about Dunnagan Iron Works in Ft.Worth, let me know. I will be first in line for the salvage sale!
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