28 December 2011

Happy New Year 
Hello again and I'm back  after a very hectic Christmas break and a beautiful time of quiet
I'm continuing my explanations of my colours. 
Château Grey
I made this colour for three reasons
based on the pigment Terre  Verte meaning green earth found in Italy, France, Cyprus, Hungary...and the USA.  American Shaker box painted simply possibly using natural green earth pigment found in parts of the USA
 It's the colour that was used as an underpainting in old master paintings for flesh - glazed over with  red and pink tones - sometimes the reds have faded so the face just looks green! 

In house painting it was known as Drab and was made from mixing all the left over paints together to make a base coat. The above chair is original 19th century French painted cabriole chair leg with a beautiful soft green .

Duck Egg Blue
Scandinavian Pink /Primer Red
It also works with Old White of course!

Chateau Grey is of my favourite colours and one that is useful as it's a colour but not really a colour.

21 December 2011

Ben Nicholson
I hope you like this work and it gives you some ideas for your own paint work. It always makes me want to get my brushes out. 
He is an English 20th century painter who died about 30 years ago. 
You really need to see the paintings in person to see the extraordinary texture and tonal qualities in them but here is a little tease anyway. 
I like his abstracted landscapes better than the purely abstract pieces. 
The colours are so gentle
Great pattern, texture and shape 
Great pattern, texture and shape 
Great pattern, texture and shape 

great colour combos
Paris Grey
Primer red


5 December 2011

My American Tour
March- April 2012

So this is what you'll get. This is me! 

pics my talented friend Penny Millar took of me recently in my house in Oxford.

I'm starting in New Orleans  then on march 16th I'll be in  Dallas, then on to San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Virginia and finish up on April 2nd in Boston 
.....exact times and dates on www.anniesloanunfolded.com 
There will be demos and workshops at all these places! 

Contact www.anniesloanunfolded.com to book a place!


29 November 2011

Swedish Painted Furniture
Gustavian Neo-classical  Decoration

Gunnebo Slott - an 18th century Swedish country house
 Everything of course with loads of OLD WHITE!!
Scandinavian Pink and Old White
Paris Grey
Aubusson Blue
Country Grey
Château Grey and Old White
 King Gustav III of Sweden was heavily influenced by French politics and French decoration.
After seeing what happened to the French monarchy in the revolution Gustav established a very strong royal rule, curtailing his permissive parliament's reforms
Although in many ways quite autocratic, his interest in culture and intellectual freedom led to a hugely rich cultural heritage. 
He introduced French Neo-classical style to Sweden
 Gustavian interiors were light and elegant interpretations of the Louis XVI style, with echoes of English, German and Dutch influences

27 November 2011

is one of my colours 
This is how to say the French say it  http://www.forvo.com/word/arles/#fr Quite difficult for our English tongues! 
I named it after a town in the south of France
in the area called the Luberon , famous for the vast deposits of yellow ochre pigments in the hills. 
All the houses are painted in various ochre pigments from bright yellows, earthy yellows, oranges to earth red. 
Famously it's where Van Gogh lived and painted becoming obsessed with yellow. His paintings have heightened concentrated colour 


 Château Grey

Old Ochre
To use Arles,  which is hot and intense, in our homes you need to use cooling quiet colours such as those above or Country Grey or a lightened version of Paris Grey 
Using any blue with it will only make Arles more yellow as blue is the complementary colour - great in a painting but not on a piece of furniture  

14 November 2011

Emperor's Silk 
So why do have a bright red and why do I call it such a funny name?

Because I saw this amazing piece of furniture at Uppark House in West Sussex in the south of England and was blown away by it 

It was the usual rather flat reddish brown I'd seen on other chinoiserie pieces on the outside 
but on the inside it was a vibrant rich red 
This is the colour the piece would have originally been. 
Stunning with a great deal of impact. 
The figures interest me much less than the colour. I sort of ignore them. I want to like them but it doesn't hit the spot for me. 
The colour is what makes it all work for me. 
Emperor's Silk 

 Inside and outside the Forbidden Palace, Beijing 
This bright clear rich red is the colour of China  
It signifies reunion, health, happiness, harmony, peace and prosperity
I now love to use it as often as I can; on chest of drawers, inside drawers, in dressers 
or on the inside of a bureau just as in the picture 
above where I am working now on my computer! 

Country Grey
Old Violet
Emperor's Silk


13 November 2011

David Hicks 
one of my favourite interior decorators - 
making pink  & yellow work 

When I did my book 'Colour in Decoration' in 1988 I visited a lot of houses for photography.  One of the houses was David Hick's house in Oxfordshire and I was lucky enough to meet him there. He showed me the house and talked to me about how he had achieved the looks.
The drawing room, above was a huge shock! Here was a very adult, rather proper English gentleman, married to a great granddaughter of Queen Victoria .....with an outrageous pink and yellow room. 
It was wonderful and made me realise that colours have associations but that does not mean that they can't used in less obvious ways. 

French Linen
 There was lots of white in the room including white painted  French furniture, creamy white china dressed with pink curtains and his trademark geometric carpet  in a colour not unlike my French Linen. 
It all worked because of the very grounding French Linen colours stopping it looking like a posh nursery.   
Of course the fabulous 18th century paintings were helpful too!

9 November 2011

More on Antibes Green
- And Neo-Classicism 

Karl Friedrich Schinkel is one of my heroes !! 
Look at one of his rooms done about 1826 for the Charlottenhof Palace, Potsdam, Germany

Look at that green!!! 
 Neo-Classical Colours and inspiration - taken from my book 'Creating the French Look' 
This style of decoration takes the classical themes from ancient Greece and Rome. 
It is simple and symmetrical 
( as against the pastel coloured, romantic, sometimes flowery  twiddly asymmetry of the rococo style) 

This is a room by David Hicks the English interior decorator from a room that was probably done in the 1960s or 70s yet it is timeless - could have been yesterday as could have the Schinkel bedroom.  
Neo-classical is the way to go

Graphite and Antibes Green

6 November 2011

Antibes Green 
If you want to know how to say like a real frenchie  then listen to this - http://www.forvo.com/word/antibes    

Early 20th century art is where I constantly return to  for sustenance 

Antibes is one of the towns between Nice and Cannes in the  French Riviera .  Now there are billionaires yachts  moored in the harbour but it still retains a certain magic and when I visited there a few years ago I cried when I had to leave. .... 
                                       The light is incredible......  colours do seem to glow and shimmer 
Two paintings by Raoul Dufy 

No wonder  Antibes was favoured by so many really famous artists in the late 19th & early 20th century. 
Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Bonnard, Derain, and many others worked and lived there. 

Picasso on the left and  Cap d'Antibes by  Monet on the right
This is what made me want to call my brilliant green Antibes.