18 January 2012

My Video on YouTube! 

If you want to know a little about my shop in Oxford and where I work with my great friends and family -  watch this little 3 minute video..


12 January 2012

The Winner!

Congratulations to 

Misty Brown from Texas who is the lucky winner of a $350 gift certificate from Annie Sloan Unfolded. 

She won the basket giveaway through this blogsite: http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/

What a lucky person!!

Nancy Chace of Sea Rose Cottage was the stockist who sponsored the giveaway of the winner!!

(So sorry I was late posting this - I got caught up with so many things yesterday!! )

3 January 2012

Happy New Year to everyone in Painting land! 
I'm starting the year with a warm optimistic colour
Scandinavian Pink
I love it because it is pink but not pink.  It is earthy and dusky,  yet the colour of a delicate sunset, and it's warm, natural and mellow, and yet can look sophisticated 
Carl Larsson's dining room in Sundborn Sweden

Carl Larsson's painting of his bedroom 
I was first introduced to this very special colour through the work of Carl Larsson the 19th century Swedish painter.  He looked to traditional Swedish decoration and folk work for his
 inspiration often using a traditional colour made from a local pigment called Fala Red, a potent red brown ochre/iron oxide earth mixed with copper from the local mines which gives it its distinctive look.  He would add various quantities of white to make it softer and used it extensively in his house.   
Swedish houses continue to be painted this colour made according to the traditional recipe using the local pigment mixed with rye flour and linseed oil.

A 19th century Swedish secrétaire with the interior painted in this unique Swedish pink. 

Aubusson Blue
Chateau Grey

Country Grey
The colours above are all the traditional Swedish farmhouse colours but it also works  Duck Egg Blue and also with Old Ochre and Cream