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'The Collection'.....

MORNING!! Its Friday and I'm blogging-told you I'd keep up with it!

Its been another busy week. I've had chair frame in the garage crying out for some Baroque&Roll magic. For a while now I've had the idea of producing pieces featuring vintage images of telephones, typewriters and other such things. I know these seem like strange subject matters, but I just love the look of them!
So, I got to painting, and have completed the telephone painting

I now have to choose some fabulous fabric to upholster the chair and cushion with! Answers on a postcard please!

Thursday last week, I had a veeeeeeeery interesting meeting with a good friend of mine, and PR genius, Fran Pearce. We brainstormed the hell outta it and are now in the throws of producing a gorgeous Press Pack to send out to all those lovely journalists, publications, and fellow Bloggers. A photoshoot has been organised for a few weeks time featuring beautiful models draping themselves all over my fabulous furniture-I'm literally bouncing with excitement about this! Photos to come (obvs)!

I am introducing a new feature of the business, and it comes in the form of 'THE COLLECTION'
This features a selection of my artworks. Each piece will have an edition of 20 produced. Once the 20th has gone, thats the LOT! Each will be made to order and totally hand painted by myself, so, although the image is repeated, every piece will be unique.

An example of this is the Skull image shown below......this is 2/20

Although the image is the same, I'm going to alter the chair frame colour and 
upholstery material according to the commission. 

I have 2 brand new pieces to complete next week, and will bring you exciting news of a boutique shop opening at the end of October who are going to be selling LOTS of my work......
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I can barely believe it......2 posts in 2 days! Blimey, how times are changing.

The reason for my impromptu writing is, I've had a burst of inspiration. After reading from cover to cover the October issues of LivingEtc and ELLE Decoration the top trend colour of this season is Mustard Yellow, and I absolutely LOVE it.

The new arm chair from John Lewis is a classic example

I feel the need to use this colour a LOT!!

The theme runs across fashion too.....

Saw this and it made me giggle

I couldn't forget to show the original jar of mustard-where this gorgeous colour 
comes from  

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It's been a while!

Well, what can I say, I've been so busy that I've completely neglected my lovely little Blog! Well, from now on, every Friday will be an update on what's been happening here at Baroque&Roll.

Firstly though, I must update you on what has happened in the last month or so.....

After successfully selling several pieces of my Baroque&Roll portfolio, I have been in a position to purchase new pieces of furniture which I have transformed into gorgeous works of art.
I went on a bit of a buying spree to tell the truth, and picked up 3 very different items.

The first was an old school (era 1970's, I think), cabinet with an integrated Bush radio. The original cabinet was designed with several compartments to store vinyls. There is also a section in the cabinet to put a record player. I wasn't expecting the radio to still work, but to my surprise, it does!

After the tragic death of Amy Winehouse, I thought it would be a fitting tribute to use a painting design of the singer/songwriter that I have had in my 'to do' pile for years. I have also wanted to use the vibrant turquoise colour for a long time and think it works really well in this style. Not only is there the artwork on the exterior of the piece, but the lyrics to one of Amy's most well known songs, 'Rehab' are painted on the internal doors.

The second piece I have had the pleasure of creating is a stunning Georgian style side cabinet with a bow fronted profile. To this piece I wanted to do something floral so found an image of an Iris in full bloom. This has been positioned centrally and has real impact due to the detailing of the piece. It is certainly one of my favourite pieces to date. The cabinet is painted in a Farrow&Ball's Cinder Rose which is a sumptuous pale pink. This colour has been continued over the whole piece including the drawer and door internals.

The third piece I have completed is a coffee table with glass top. It took me a while to decide what to do for the artwork in the end, but, after making the decision to go for a close up of a tigers face, I was VERY pleased. And, the results speak for themselves. The frame of the table has been painted in Farrow&Ball's 'Down Pipe', a rich grey with a hint of green.....

The table had Ball and Claw feet which I just love-they are  so beautifully crafted

The fourth and final piece I have completed recently has been a dining room chair featuring a peacock feather for the artwork. I painted the original artwork some time ago now and I am so pleased I have now been able to use it. The frame has been covered with silver leaf. The silver leaf has a naturally cracked effect which I think looks great, and adds a real texture to the piece. The upholstery is in a navy blue Chenille which adds another dimension of depth.

I feel like I'm really progressing with work now and each and every piece I am producing, seems to just get better and better. My painting technique has come on leaps and bounds since I first started to paint in this style and I am totally at ease and comfort with it......although, having said that, I still get nervous before starting a new artwork-I suppose it's just because I want them to be as good as the last. 

There are several more pieces in the pipeline which I am really excited about, including a telephone chair, a wardrobe or drinks cabinet featuring a vintage burlesque dancer, and something to do with Alice in Wonderland. I saw a wonderful quote from Alice in Wonderland recently, that simply says:

'if I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense'

I'm planning to use this in another piece. Typography is definitely something I am interested in using in my pieces so watch this space. I came across this photo in Blog by Kim Piotrowski, it just made me smile.....

I can just imagine a 1960's G-Plan side cabinet with something like this on-could be used
as children's toy storage....mmmm, I think I've just thought of my next piece