Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Art, from Olszewski to Renoir, and lots more!

We've got Olszewskis!  Robert William Olszewski is an American artist whose miniature sculptures are internationally famous. With a solid creative background as a painter and an art teacher, Olszewski's first serious sculptures were created for the his daughter's dollhouse many years ago. Under license from such companies as Walt Disney and Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia, Olszewski creates art in 12:1 scale as well as others.

Exquisitely detailed and beautifully painted, we carry a selection of his creations as produced by Goebel Miniatures. (Incidentally, the name is pronounced ol-shes-ski.) You'll find "Picking Apples" from his Four Seasons Collection, as well as Hummel's "Little Fiddler"  and "Cinderella," (both from M.I. Hummel Kinderway), also "The Pianist" from his Musical Study Collection, and "American Beauty" from his Womens' Collection, along with "Spring Robin" from his Miniature Wildlife Collection. They are all a delight and each would add a wonderful accent to your project. (Though photos do not do them justice, you will get an idea of their uniqueness by the few we've posted here, as well as on our blog, and on our Facebook page, Ms Peggies Place.) You simply must see them for yourself. They are quite extraordinary.

Artwork contributes dimension to a house, whether a life sized one or a miniature. At Ms. Peggie's Place we can't help you with your own home, but if you are decorating a dollhouse or room box or other miniature project you will find a good selection of prints, paintings and other accessories in the store. You will discover Grant Wood's "American Gothic", the famous picture of the farmer and his daughter outside their farmhouse, a selection of dancers by Edgar Degas and a print of Claude Monet's son on his tricycle. We have "The Milkmaid" by Johannes Vermeer as well as "Nude Woman Bather" by Pierre Auguste Renoir.

In addition to our good quality prints, we also carry original oil paintings in the store. We have framed prints of "ancestors" suitable for a side table, as well as more casual selections.

Though most of our art is framed, you might prefer a different presentation, or perhaps you need a frame for something you've created. If so, we can show you a number of frames in different sizes and finishes.

Finally, with Easter coming we have an array of accessories guaranteed to add a burst of spring to your project. From tiny eggs to giggling rabbits our collection can't be beat!

We hope to see you soon!

Michael Sue Nanos, Proprietor 

Michael Sue's Tips: Turn a Picture into an Oil Painting

How to turn a picture into an oil painting

1. Using a glue stick, mount a picture from a magazine, or a color copy of something else, onto watercolor paper.

2. Brush on two coats of "Modge Podge." Let dry.

3. With a small brush apply small amounts of art gel medium (found in the fine arts section of your favorite crafts store). Apply in little curved strokes (mimicking the full sized strokes of a real oil painting). It will take many coats to get a great look. Each coat must dry completely. It's much easier to do lots of pictures at the same time.

4. Once you have the look you're after, give  the project one light coat of "Modge Podge Gloss." Oil paintings have a gloss to them.

Here's my suggestion to make things easier: Find your frame first. it's much easier to make your picture fit your frame than the other way around!