Decorative Painting & Fiber Art by Carroll Anderson
Acrylic on wood. Small wall hanging.
Inspired by Rosemary West chrysanthemums. Decorative plate. Acrylic & gouache on wood.
Autumn Plate Detail
Decorative angel with autumn flowers. Acrylic on wood. Small wall hanging.
Door hanging, welcome sign for the autumn season. Acrylic on floor cloth. Hung on wooden dowel. Jute cord.
Decorative arts bring joy to our homes, especially when they have been specially created rather than mass produced. After all, we all have sparks of creativity that make their appearances in various ways. I began learning tole painting and folk art styles (European folk art) in 1986 as a way to express that need to create. Shortly after taking my first painting classes from a local decorative artist, I joined the National Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) and its Austin chapter - Heart of Texas Tolers (HOTT). Through these two organizations I have been able to take seminars from some of the best decorative artists in the country. It has been a blessing to be able to lose myself in a special project for a few hours now and then. Since retiring from the classroom a few years ago, another door has opened - combining painting with my love of sewing and working with fibers. What fun it is!
It is difficult to describe my "style," as I am fond of several different styles of decorative and fiber arts. I primarily use acrylic paints on wood, tin, canvas, and fabric. For some fabrics, I rely on oil sticks or on fabric paints or dyes. The style is for fun rather than realism. When new (at least to me) and interesting techniques present themselves, I try to learn about them and add them to my overall design approach. Continuing to learn new ways to create is part of the joy of decorative art.
I hope that you will take the opportunity to explore your own creative spark. Give yourself permission to play and create. Take classes from local decorative and fiber artists. Most of all - Have Fun!
Check the following websites for ideas and contacts:
Society of Decorative Painters: http://decorativepainters.org
Heart of Texas Tolers (in the Austin and surrounding area): http://heart-of-texas-tolers.com
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