Painted Birds in the Bathroom

Painted Birds in the Bathroom

Mark Chamberlain
Jun 20, 2012

April showers bring May flowers, but I've had so many painted flower projects last spring that I'm still running them here, in June. Here's the latest.

This is in a bathroom in a house near Woodstock, and I've left the painting style a little bit more rustic and whimsical than some of my other projects. I've taken the idea of a Chinoiserie but kept it quaint, and I think, somehow, more American. This is less like a formal dining room in plum blossoms - I used apple blossoms and quince in my sketches and studies.

The blue basecoat was already there when I arrived: Mariner from Martha Stewart. The idea was do something fun next to the mid-century tiles without being beige. To that end I focused mainly on off-white flowers that would stand out from the dark, and added titmice, a bird native to the area.

More Painted Chinoiserie on Color Therapy:
Hand-Painted Birds and Flowers
Black Jade Chinoiserie in the Bath

(Images: Mark Chamberlain)

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