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,