You know those great stacking cardboard boxes in which fruits and vegetables are shipped? Well, the other day, as I was fretting about the best way to pack and transport 25 small paintings to the gallery, I was in Costco looking to buy those colorful Cuisinart knives that are on sale when, you guessed it, … More Opening Reception this Friday 3/15, 6-9pm
You are all invited. Bjorn & Co. Gallery presents: Paintings and Monotypes by Barbara Mayfield Opening Friday, March 15, 2019 6pm to 9pm 8140 Germantown Avenue Chestnut Hill, Phila., PA 19118 Please join us for a reception featuring recent work by Barbara Mayfield. Meet the artist, enjoy cocktails and hors’ d’oeuvres, and peruse our unique … More Art Exhibition Coming up
Many of you are getting ready to do the great Paint-the-Exterior-of -the-House-Before-Winter thing, aren’t you? And maybe you are tempted to repaint in the same colors that are already on there. But, hey…… Life is short or long depending on your point of view, and time doesn’t matter anyway because it’s an illusion, right? I’m pretty sure I … More Painting your house before winter? Inspiration from Italy.
Many of you already have tremendous Paint Store Savvy. You know your way around the color names and the codes and the different palettes of colors. This post is for those of you who are in the process of ratcheting up your Savviness Factor. Insider information is always helpful, and in this case, it’s even legal. … More Insider Information and the Secret Codes
A dear friend in Texas posted this article on Facebook the other day and up it came into my news feed. I like reading about whole neighborhoods dedicated to creativity and what my people, the artists, do with their houses, decoration-wise. The aspect of this sweet little bungalow I want to point out is that, in … More The color you desire, when you desire it.
Happy New Year, Painters! I have noticed that the beginning of a new calendar year often involves the primeval urge to tidy up the ol’ habitation. If you are doing any cleaning and/or clearing out this week, or ever, and you come upon your stash of paint cans that you don’t need anymore, the question … More New Year. Old Paint. What to do with leftover sample pints, etc…
Searching for a great lead-in for Window Treatment post, I came across an article, which I now cannot find, stating that lace was hung at open windows to keep out the dust and the bugs before someone thought up wire screening. Even with the high-tech screening in place, lace curtains were kept at the window to … More Before screens, there was lace.
Long story short, use an alkyd paint for shelves, cupboards and bookcases. Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE formula is the one I have here at the store and it’s a great one. The paint science people have made a combo oil and water paint that has a lot of the hardness of oil and all the easy clean-up of water. … More Painting Shelves to Avoid the Tackiness Factor
My grandson is no slouch when it comes to color, or anything else for that matter. … More Why bother?
In the rowhouse where I grew up, there were no chair rails in sight until my home-making mother added them to our dining room. I was little, but I remember liking that my mom had fancy style. Back then, it seemed the rule to always, always, always put the darker shade of paint below the chair rail. … More There’s more to chair rails than I could have imagined.