Little splodges of colour…

I recently went to London’s National Gallery for an exhibition on Leonardo de Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks. It was really good – over now though so I won’t go on and tell you what you missed!

Whilst walking through the gallery to find the exhibition we spotted quite a few favourites, we commented on how lucky we are to live so near London and get to visit this free venue as often as we please.

Anyway, I had purchased a little wooden chest of drawers from The Works (link to shop though I can’t find the actual drawers online they were £4) not long ago and decided that instead of decoupage (sticking papers) or painting flowers or patterns to decorate it, I would take inspiration from Théo van Rysselberghe’s work – simply named ‘Coastal Scene’.

Rysselberghe is said to have been influenced by the French Impressionists and Whistler. I stood and looked at this painting for a long time, it’s so simple in one way and so complicated in another – the colours are subtle and I love it.

So could I use this to decorate a small chest of drawers?

I decided to have a go…nothing ventured etc, and if I hate it I can sand it down and start over with something else.

First of all I painted the whole thing with gold acrylic paint and left it to dry completely.

Then I mixed myself a palette of white, green, yellow and blue and started to add the paint in small blobs.
I kept going until it was all covered… ( I checked the drawers would still open and close!)

When it was dry I went back with some more blobs to blend the different colours a little more.

I think I like it … but will have a good study before I varnish. Do let me know what you think of it.

Back next week,
love Rosie





About rosiesartsandcrafts

An avid arty crafty kind of person, I can never leave anything as it was intended, as you will come to see as I post my arty and crafty blogs which follow a self-imposed challenge to create something every week and blog about whatever I've done. I hope my work will inspire your own creations but please note that the text, pictures and artwork are ©rosiesartsandcrafts unless otherwise noted; all rights reserved. The content of this blog may not be copied or used without permission. Projects and layouts may not be copied for submission to contests, magazines, or other publications in any form. For questions or comments please email
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