Saturday, April 17, 2021

How to Paint Folk Art Cabinets

 Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

- William Morris

After my last newsletter I got a bunch of questions about the cabinets I hand painted in the studio.  

My design was inspired by traditional folk art painted furniture like this cabinet from Scandinavia.  I especially love how symmetrical and balanced their designs are.

First I installed the cabinets and stained the wood.  Then...

I created stencils out of nice stiff paper and...

parts of an old organ I found at an antique store.

I traced the stencils onto the cabinets with pencil then filled in with black paint.  I carefully measured each point so that I would have perfect symmetry.  (My neighborhood has lots of crows and cats that inspired this panel!)

I also created some stencil designs in color on the pantry door.

This is the only cabinet I painted asymmetrically.  I was inspired by British folk designs like this one...

To finish the cabinets I put a layer of polyurethane on to protect them from stains.

Want to explore the studio in person?  

Visit us:
First Fridays from 6-9pm
Saturdays from 10am-4pm

Located at 1116 E. North Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Saturday, April 10, 2021

New Murals at The Studio Alchemy Gallery

 The beginning is always today.” - Mary Wollstonecraft

Have you ever dreamed of painting murals on your walls?  During this quiet year I filled every nook and cranny of my art studio with paintings. 

When I bought the studio in 2019 it needed major renovations.  There were holes in the floors!  This historic house was built sometime before 1890.  

We had to replace major support beams.  This is what the kitchen looked like after demolition:

You, my friends, are the first to get a sneak peek at these before and after photos.... 

Want to explore the studio in person?  Now that I am vaccinated I'm reopening the studio. 

Visit us:
First Fridays from 6-9pm
Saturdays from 10am-4pm

Located at 1116 E. North Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


Friday, January 8, 2021

The Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 72 Art During Quarantine


Today’s episode of the Alchemy of Art podcast features a chat about how the coronavirus social restrictions are affecting artists today as well as how artists of the past have used forced or chosen seclusion to their advantage. 

On the Alchemy of Art podcast we chat about the creative process and philosophy.  Each episode includes stories, dreams and reflections to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at Take online creativity classes at: