Archive for December, 2009

Hand Painted Faux ‘Tonno’ Mosaic

Hand Painted Faux 'Tonno' Mosaic

Hand Painted Faux 'Tonno' Mosaic

Created Nov 9. I completed painting this tuna in mosaic style in a kitchen display at Coastal Kitchen & Bath Designs in York, Maine. Click on the picture to check out the detail. It can be seen during business hours 9am to 5pm, Tuesday thru Saturday at Coastal’s location in York Corners, #1 York St, Suite 2, York, Maine 03909.

This is a painting technique developed by John Charles Angelopoulos of Portsmouth, NH. John and I work together frequently, creating murals in northern New England and beyond.

The subject was chosen for the back splash of a kitchen because the tile design and the tuna pattern are an appropriate motif, though any subject could apply. And I complete it to be as washable as a hardwood floor. Artist colors are a combination of mostly earth tones and metals, and will remain luminous for many years.

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Hello and welcome to Mark Edward Drew’s blog for decorative painting. In 1974 I began my itinerant career as a painter of fine interiors. Having a substantial creative ability, and broad curiosity, I’ve been drawn to spend these last few decades seeking, developing and sharing the techniques and skills necessary to execute my trade across the US and to Europe. It is not my goal, or ability, to be the last word on all topics pertaining to decorative painting, the subject is too broad and always expanding.  You should find, however, that I have broad knowledge of the techniques of traditional painted decoration including faux bois and faux pierre, trompe l’oeil, stenciling, gilding, smalting, transparent glazing, painted patination and mural execution, and like any artist I am always trying to create what has not been done yet. With that said I  begin this open forum for anyone to ask questions and discuss their experiences as a decorative artist, consumer or customer of the arts and  the curious as well. Thanks to all who join me.

Mark Edward Drew

‘As all the world is a stage, decoration is the backdrop for life.’

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