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Patricia's Palette Mural Studios

Patricia's Palette Mural Studios
Latest happenings and mural art of artist Patricia Buzo. Wall art, trompe l'oeil, tapestries, and all sorts of decorative painting.
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The Art of Ukranian Pysanka
2008-01-29 16:43:00
A Pysanka is a Unkranian decorated raw egg using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word comes from the verb pysaty, "to write", as the designs are not painted on, but written in hot wax with a pin-head. Wooden eggs and beaded eggs are often referred to as "pysanky" because they mimic the decorative style of pysanky in a different medium. (The world's largest pysanka was erected in Vegreville, Alberta in 1974) The most popular pysanka designs are geometric figures. The egg itself is most often divided by straight lines into squares, triangles and other shapes. These shapes are then filled with other forms and designs.Color SymbolismWhite - Signified purity, birth, light, rejoicing, virginity.Yellow - The symbol of light and purity. Gold - Spirituality, wisdom.Orange - The symbol of endurance, strength, and ambition. Pink - Success, contentment.Green - The color of fertility, health, and hopefulness; of spring, breaking bondage, freshness, and wealth.Red - The magical color of folklor...
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Name That Marble!
2008-01-28 07:33:00
Can you name this marble? There are two clues below, one photo shows it's uncut (raw) form and the other in it's cut and polished form. See if you can guess correctly!
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Latest Work
2008-01-21 03:01:00
The latest project I've been working on has been a fun one for me. It includes two of the elements I like the most: a grottesca style and metallic colors. Below you can see I have faux painted the walls in a leather finish as a backdrop for the three painted panel murals. In each panel is a decorative design depicted as a sort of stone inlay in pearlescent colors for a dramatic effect. Each panel measures 6' high by 4' wide. Panel close-ups:
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I recommend...
2008-01-13 05:51:00
While looking for some instructional material on color theory a friend turned me on to a website renting instructional dvd's. SmartFlix is a "how-to" dvd rental service. The concept is simple, you select which videos you want to rent (Most videos are just $9.99 per week and multi-dvd sets of videos are discounted) and SmartFlix will send you the video in a cardboard mailer (there is no shipping charge!). I found exactly what I was looking for, and rented a dvd set called Understanding Color and Color Solutions by Johnnie Liliedahl. I found the instruction essential for all artists, both beginning and advanced. SmartFlix has a diverse line of subject matter, including airbrushing, colored pencil, drawing, mosaics, decorating, murals, picture framing, and sculpture to name a few. But the instruction is not limited solely to art related themes, so no matter what your interest SmartFlix probably has a dvd for you.
Does it fool your eye?
2008-01-11 06:45:00
Below is a photograph of an interior room of the Chatsworth Estate in Britain. This 17th century trompe l'oeil painting is attributed to Jan van der Vaart. Can you tell which is reality and which is fantacy? Look closely!
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Castles, Mansions, and Trompe L'oeil - Oh My!
2007-12-29 22:37:00
Goess Mansion, Austria Peleş Castle, Romania Lucricia Borgias, Tuscany Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark Cardiff Castle, Wales Cardiff Castle, Wales
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Decorative Elements: Azulejo Tiles
2007-12-17 20:20:00
"A Ala dos Namorados" - Panel of azulejos by Jorge Colaço (1922), depicting an episode of the battle of Aljubarrota. Azulejo s in Rococo-style in the Queluz Palace Azulejo Tile Mural Azulejo Sign Queluz National Palace InteriorLinks:Azulejos on WikipediaThe Art of Azulejo in Portugal
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Art & Literature
2007-12-04 08:59:00
The Murals of The Library of CongressThe amazing murals of the United States Library of Congress were painted by a series of artists, including William A. Mackay, Edwin Blashfield, Robert Reid, Gari Melchers, William de Leftwich Dodge, and George Willough by Maynard just to name a few. Some of the most stunning, however, can be attributed to an artist by the name of George Barse Jr. as seen in the photos below. Library of Congress Mural InformationAlthough originally founded in 1800, construction of a new library building in the style of the Italian Renaissance was underway by 1886. The design was prepared by Washington architects John L. Smithmeyer and Paul J. Pelz. Beginning in 1892, a new architect, Edward Pearce Casey began to supervise the interior work, including sculptural and painted decoration by more than 50 American artists!When the Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public on Nov. 1, 1897, it was hailed as a glorious national monument and "the largest,...
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Set/Scenic Design for Film
2007-12-01 09:27:00
Today I just wanted to write a little about a company by the name of "Moodscape Design - Creative Concepts". It's founder, Shari Berda, is an truly amazing woman. She started out in the interior design field over 20 years ago, and seems to always have a wealth of creative ideas for just about any situation. A few years ago she started a new venture, that of set design and decoration for the film industry. Above: Renderings for a set design that included mural painting.I've had the pleasure of working with her on a few productions, and I feel like I've learned so much. It's not that there's no hard work involved when working on a set, but there is such a laid back atmosphere compared to the stresses and deadlines that can accompany other lines of work. I've found the actors and crew to be genuinely artistic souls, a pleasure to work with. These people put in long hours and give their all until the result is "just right". Above: In her former business, Elaine B. Interiors, Shar...
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Fantasy Furniture
2007-11-29 19:29:00
As I was preparing for an upcoming commission, I did some web searches and in the process found some amazing stuff! has some of the cutest theme furniture I've found anywhere. The photos above are a few of my favorites. They offer a free catalog which is worth requesting just for inspiration, or if you can afford it the catalog displays a wide selection for purchase.
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More Eye Candy...A Newly Discovered Site
2007-11-23 05:48:00
Today I spent some time browsing the net, and stumbled across The International Guild of Realism. It was an exciting find! "Realism" as an art form is by far my favorite, and to me it's definition intertwines with that of the artistic term "trompe l'oeil". According to the site, the guild was founded by a group of leading professional realism artists from around the globe in 2002 (ok, I'm only five years behind). They do offer a membership, but the requirements are on the strict side, which can be summed up nicely by this quote: "We're not a democratic group that's for anyone with a paint brush. The membership selection process is a cautious process designed to favor those meeting our high standards of technique, talent, and creativity." Ouch! Still, this narrow window of opportunity may make the guild that much more attractive for those of us who like to "window shop" the net for art, as we won't have to weed through the ugly stuff. Come on be honest, some art is just plain b...
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Artists Beware
2007-11-15 21:21:00
Two days ago I received an email through my website from a person supposedly interested in purchasing a piece of art from me. They wanted the item shipped to the United Kingdom, and were asking what the price would be. The original email is as follows:Wine Niche Trompe L'oeil Mural‏From: Anthony Mcpherson ( 11/13/07 4:57 PMReply-to:"Hi,I will like to purchase this beautiful art work. I mustmake mention of yourcreativity to this artwork which has inspired me tohave this artwork to myself.Please do get back to me with the cost priceincluding the shipping cost toUnited Kingdom. Hope to hear from yousoonestCheers."I knew right away that this was bogus, but let me explain why. Several years ago I received a similar email from a "man" in Nigeria. He seemed very sincere, always very polite and complimentary, and I have to admit I didn't realise at first that it was a scam. The only thing that I found strange was, like the person ...
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DPAP Announces 2008 Program
2007-11-13 06:19:00
DPAP, which stands for the Decorative Painting Apprenticeship Program , was formed by Bernadette Forese of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and Marlow and Brita DeMars of Lebanon, Connecticut. It is a relatively new organization, founded in 2006, with it's primary goal being the restoration of public spaces while providing educational venues for the development of emerging and established artisans within the decorative painting field. Students work closely with some of the industry's leading experts in the field to execute various design plans for each years project for a nominal fee. The uniqueness of their program lies in the "on the site" experience students take away from the classes, as well as the obvious benefits to the community being worked on.They have just announced the new project for 2008 , in which they will be aiding in the recovery of the New Orleans area (City Park in New Orleans to be exact). There are several structures within City Park, the 1,300-acre historic botani...
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Illustrated Architectural Glossary of Painted Elements
2007-11-07 18:59:00
AAcanthus (a CAN thus): A common plant of the Mediterranean. In architecture stylized leaves form the characteristic decoration on capitals, friezes, panels, and medallions. Found in Classical Greek and Roman architecture.Ancone: A decorative corbel in the form of a vertical scroll (s-scroll) that supports a cornice or crown molding over a door or window.Arcade (are KADE): A series of arches supported by pillars or columns.Arch: A curved or pointed structure which is supported at the sides or ends, usually by pillars or columns.B Balcony (BAL cone ee): A platform that projects from the wall and is surrounded by a wrought iron railing or balustrade.Baluster (BAL a stir) Also called banister, is a pillar or column supporting a handrail, a series of such being called a balustrade.Barrel Vault: An arched structure of stone or brick forming a supporting structure of a ceiling or roof.Bas-relief (BAA ree LEEF): A sculptural carving, embossing, or casting that projects slightly from the wa...
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Funny of the Day
2007-11-07 05:40:00
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Tiepolo's Pulcinella
2007-11-03 03:04:00
Pulcinella Swing, ca. 1793Pulcinella, often called Punch or Punchinello in English, is a classical character that originated in the Commedia dell'arte (Italian Comedy), a form of improvisational theatre of the 17th century. He is the freak...pitiable, helpless, and oftentimes disfigured. He is often portrayed as a drunk, and a bit vulgar. He usually has a hump, a strong limp, or some other obvious physical deformity. In some portrayals he cannot speak, and expresses himself in squeaks or other strange sounds. His personality can be foolish or tricky and shrewd. In fact, the popular phrase "pleased as punch" originates with this character. (It’s the great satisfaction he finds in his mischievous deeds that led to the usage of the idiom.) He is always dressed in all white, baggy clothes and a large cone shaped hat. His mask features a very large nose, and is most often black in color.Pulcinella innamorato (Pulcinella in Love), ca. 1797 Pulcinella and tumblers, ca. 1793Domenico Tiep...
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Here kitty, kitty...
2007-10-31 19:53:00
For today's log I wanted to share my latest project, which consisted of a decorative mural in a small bathroom. The client was very specific...she wanted a variegated ficus in a basket that matched the colors in the vanity back splash, as well as renderings of her two cats. It's always a challenge to get a good photo in such confined spaces without getting distortion, but I had fun on this project and wanted to try and get a shot I could share. I spent about 10 hours all together on the drawing and painting spread over two days.
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Inspirations from Chicago's Botanic Garden
2007-10-27 22:41:00
Fountain found in the English garden View from the English garden A shady retreat A shaded balconyLake view near the English garden A formal garden "room"Lily pads in the Aquatic gardensChicago's Botanic Garde n 'sA few weeks ago I visited the Chicago Botanic Garden for the first time. It is a 385 acre (1.56 km²) botanical garden in Glencoe, Illinois, operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society. It is comprised of 23 themed gardens, including an Aquatic Garden, an English Walled Garden with 6 garden "rooms" in various styles (Vista Garden, Cottage Garden, Pergola Garden, Daisy Garden, Courtyard Garden and Checkerboard Garden), a Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, and a Sensory Garden to name a few. You could spend all day there and just barely see everything. After parking, we were greeted with a family of swans caring for their young right beside the parking lot. They seemed so tame, as we were able to walk right up to them (they didn't even scare when my six year old ran up to one ...
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A Day In Pompeii
2007-10-24 21:53:00
I've been waiting for this day for several weeks, and I could barely sleep last night, I've been so excited! Today I made the trip to The Science Museum of Minnesota with just one thing on my mind: seeing the ancient fresco paintings of person! I have been drawn to this ancient art for as long as I can remember. My personal library is filled with books on the subject, featuring full page spreads of these murals. But photos just don't compare to seeing something in real life, with your own eyes. However, to my surprise this trip ended up being more than I bargained for.The Exhibit: Karl Brulloff. The Last Day of Pompeii. 1830-1833Pompeii's archaeological treasures rarely leave Italy, which makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of us here in Minnesota. The exhibit is part of a national tour, and St. Paul is one of only four U.S. cities to host it. The exhibit featured marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gold coins that were used by the people in thei...
Botanical Illustration
2007-10-23 08:42:00
When I was 13 years old, my mother and I were walking through an upscale mall doing some window shopping. At that time there was a quaint little art gallery on the second floor, and in the window I saw a floral painting that stopped me in my tracks. At the time I was a student in a local art center in which I took watercolor painting classes. The teacher stressed the importance of personal expression and letting the creative juices flow. That was all fine and good, but I felt frustrated at the lack of instruction, and I didn't like the free-flowing watered down style promoted in the class. But this painting in the window was different. I had never seen a watercolor artist render a piece with such realism and detail. We inquired about the painting, and the man showed us some others by the same artist he had in another section of the gallery. After drooling over the paintings for several minutes we were ready to leave the store, and I remember saying "I wish I could learn to do that"...
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A much needed break, and a laugh
2007-10-23 05:27:00
Today I was working on a project in my studio and was getting frustrated with some perspective issues I'm having with this particular piece. After several hours of working and re-working parts of the design, I finally decided to take a much needed break and check my email. A friend had sent me the following video, which made me have a good laugh...just what I needed. If you have a cat, you'll appreciate this:
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Charles Bargue: Learn to draw, learn to see
2007-10-17 06:47:00
Charles Bargue (French artist, 1826-1883) created what is probably the most influential and most well known classical drawing course in history. This legendary work was conceived in collaboration with his teacher and mentor, Jean-Léon Gérôme. According to Wikipedia's page on the artist, "The course, published between 1866 and 1871 by Goupil & Cie, and composed of 197 lithographs printed as individual sheets, was to guide students from plaster casts to the study of great master drawings and finally to drawing from the living model. Among the artists whose work is based on the study of Bargue's platework, is Vincent van Gogh who copied the complete set in 1880/1881, and (at least a part of it) again in 1890."This method of instruction does more than teach how to draw, it teaches the student how to see. A successful artist must learn to see the shapes that make up the human figure and render it correctly on canvas. This is something that I, myself often struggle with. But it i...
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Famous Trompe L'oeil Paintings
2007-10-16 20:59:00
Johann Georg Hinz - 1666 De Scott Evans, "Homage to Parrot" - 1890 Ludger tom Ring the Younger, "Open Missal" - 1570 Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, "Bouquet of Flowers" John Frederick Peto, "Patch Painting" - 1886 Cornelis Gijsbrechts, "Easel" - 1670 (the entire image is a painting) Giovanni Paolo Pannini, "Roma Antica" & "Gallery of the Views of Modern Rome" - 1755, 1758 Pere Borrell del Caso, "Escaping Criticism" - 1874So what is "trompe l'oeil" (pronounced tromp loy) anyway? Well, I found an amusing story on Wikipedia: "George Washington was once fooled by a trompe-l'œil painting when he visited the studio of Charles Willson Peale. Upon entering a room containing on its far wall such a painting of someone descending a stair (apparently into the room), he is said to have bowed to the figure before he realized it was a painting." The painting, Staircase Group showed two of Peale's sons. That humorous story pretty much sums up what trompe l'oeil is supposed to be, an illus...
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The Melting Building Optical Illusion
2007-10-16 07:05:00
No, it's not a photoshop image, this is a real building located in Paris, France. This optical illusion, or "trompe l'oeil", is the work of the Athem company. Basically, the building has been covered in a very large tarp of sorts, totalling over 8,000 square feet. These tarps cover the facades of buildings while they are under construction, as a way to mask the unsightliness of the work being performed underneath.This ingenious work is the creation of artist Peter Delavie, who has required the help of some forty people and more than 370 hours of work. The building will house the headquarters of Bleeker by the end of 2007. For more photos and information visit
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2007-10-15 20:12:00
Well I finally got around to updating my website, I'd had the same content for quite some time and I deperately needed an update.Some new features are additions to the gallery, a new fine art page, and updates to the history page. One of the most amusing discoveries I ever made was the Way Back Machine, which is an internet archive of your website. Try it, type in your site's address and see where it takes you!
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Online Art Tutorials and "How-To's":
2007-10-14 22:49:00
Below are some interesting online tutorials and step by step instructions for painting and drawing (click on image to be taken to the site):Iconography: Fresco Painting Technique How to Paint a Flower Analisis of "Girl with a Pearl Earing" Color Theory Linear Perspective Drawing Tutorial Drawing Lesson: "White Bouquet" by J.D. Hillberry
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Recommended Reading: Mural Art, Architecture, and Design Books
2007-10-10 16:40:00
One of my favorite pastimes is collecting inspiring non-fiction art books. Below is a short list of what makes up a portion of my personal library. You can see excerpts of quite a few of them on Rust is truly a modern master of trompe l'oeil mural painting. This is the second in his "Painted House" series and is well worth paging through. Vivid photos are found on almost every page, and the works featured are not duplicates of his previous book (see below).There is little text, but the stunning photographs make up for the lack of words. Yannick Guegan's strength lies in his marbling and faux bois (wood graining) ability, and these are beautifully illustrated in this book. If you want to add it to your personal library, buy it for it's inspiration and "eye candy" and not for instruction. This is not a how-to book.The Painted Ceiling is a must have book by Graham Rust. It deals almost exclusively with ceiling murals, as the title indicates. The photos are large, a...
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Recent Mural Commissions
2007-10-09 05:14:00
Above is a recent commission I received for a tapestry wall hanging. It features a grottesca style design over a black O'villa plaster backdrop. O'villa plaster is very similar to Venetian plaster, but has less of a sheen to it. The grottesca design was painted to appear somewhat like inlaid precious stone, and I used metallic mica powders to add to it's dramatic appearance. This technique is also known as faux scagliola, or pietra dura. (border not shown)This is a portion of grottesca paneling I am currently working on. Here too I have used O'villa plaster which adds to the antiqued, old world feel. A decorative moulding separates each panel, and has been gilded with a liquid gold leaf solution. If you'd like to try your hand at grottesca, decorative painter Nicola Vigini has an amazing line of stencils.Fifteen years ago, when I first started painting, I would often choose floral stills as subject matter in class. I did it so often, in fact, that I became proficient at botanic...
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Noteworthy Trompe L'oeil Muralists
2007-10-02 18:15:00
In the seven years I've been working in this industry I've come across some extremely talented muralists and artists, some of which I've had the privilege of meeting and learning from. My posting for today celebrates these innovative artisans in a sort of tribute to what I view as the best of the best: Number one on my list has to be Pascal Amblard. He is a fine artist and muralist from France, whose work I have admired for many years. This past year I was fortunate enough to be able to take a workshop from him. On top of being so talented he is a very humble person, easy to talk to, and just an all around nice guy. I hope to have the honor of seeing him again one day soon. Another very talented artist is Linda Cassels-Hofmann of Art Effects. She has an amazing eye for color and trompe l'oeil perspective. She was one of the few people who was willing to share her knowledge of the industry with me when I first started out in this business. Carol Pascale, one of the few women ar...
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"Caves to Cathedrals: A History of Decorative Painting"
2007-10-01 21:31:00
This past spring I was faced with the challenge of writing an art history article for a trade magazine. I had to be as accurate as possible while making it interesting for the general other words keeping it from being too boring! (the article below was featured in the spring 2007 issue of The Faux Finisher magazine)"Cave s to Cathedrals: A History of Decorative Painting "I find myself seated in the center of a quaint room, modest in style, with a small window on the north wall. A parade of mystical portraits mottle the walls that surround me. There is a faint odor of linseed oil, and as I look around I see an easel sitting directly in front of me. I'm dressed in a rather drab, dark-colored costume typical of early sixteenth-century Italy. After a few moments, I see the face of a middle-aged man peek around at me from behind the easel. The silver haired man has a kind look in his eyes, and I'm astonished at the realization that this in fact none other than the great Leona...
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