The Art of the Decorative Interior

Scenes from Stephen Spera's PICTUS...decorative painting
On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a  wall very distressed in oranges and golds….I managed to get a great deal of depth using iridescents and glazes, even tho I tore away parts- to me if the age doesn’t look like it was caused by the passing of the years or other natural occurrence, I am not happy.  Of course, there are many walls that are made to look “painterly’, so discovering the clients fantasies about what they’d like for their environment is the first step…..

On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a  wall very distressed in oranges and golds….I managed to get a great deal of depth using iridescents and glazes, even tho I tore away parts- to me if the age doesn’t look like it was caused by the passing of the years or other natural occurrence, I am not happy.  Of course, there are many walls that are made to look “painterly’, so discovering the clients fantasies about what they’d like for their environment is the first step…..

In the studio, working on a painting for a client…..its on wood, so i can do a lot of scraping, many layers, etc…….these letters  were the ‘resist’ they blocked out areas as i had to flood oil glaze over them. Then I couldn’t throw them away…they turned into objects.

In the studio, working on a painting for a client…..its on wood, so i can do a lot of scraping, many layers, etc…….these letters  were the ‘resist’ they blocked out areas as i had to flood oil glaze over them. Then I couldn’t throw them away…they turned into objects.

Here is a simple, cool solution to a bar face….we had boards cut and placed in diagonals, Pictus used a combination of stains, pigments, etc, to enhance a worn, weathered feel. Most of the place is done in Greys and black, with a few colour elements, so this wood design feels quite present- with notes of rust, weather, and age…..

Here is a simple, cool solution to a bar face….we had boards cut and placed in diagonals, Pictus used a combination of stains, pigments, etc, to enhance a worn, weathered feel. Most of the place is done in Greys and black, with a few colour elements, so this wood design feels quite present- with notes of rust, weather, and age…..

Just revisited a jewel-like bathroom are for a client who appreciates the magical in everyday life….deep blues on walls, with metallic/ iridescents in contained organic areas. As the light changes, the various large shapes, and the resulting fields within, appear, disappear, glow, change colour and more….showering by candlelight is a definite must in this space….

Just revisited a jewel-like bathroom are for a client who appreciates the magical in everyday life….deep blues on walls, with metallic/ iridescents in contained organic areas. As the light changes, the various large shapes, and the resulting fields within, appear, disappear, glow, change colour and more….showering by candlelight is a definite must in this space….

A very manicured, elegant Bedroom. Interior Design by  Baider Interiors. We used metallics and iridescents to add glow to this light-washed room. 

A very manicured, elegant Bedroom. Interior Design by  Baider Interiors. We used metallics and iridescents to add glow to this light-washed room. 

A painted Kitchen in a fantastic Park Avenue Apartment. I hope to find more of the series - as there is a LOT of painted decoration here! In this shot, everything but the tiles on right is painted….

A painted Kitchen in a fantastic Park Avenue Apartment. I hope to find more of the series - as there is a LOT of painted decoration here! In this shot, everything but the tiles on right is painted….

A few months ago, I designed the new bags for the Whittemore House. This is a view of the proof, I guess the whole shipment is due any day…..We used the logo I created for them, as well as my “Bird Man”…a departure for the first bags I designed there. I’ll have to post them both, especially as the old ones are going fast, and being ‘collected’ by patrons…..

A few months ago, I designed the new bags for the Whittemore House. This is a view of the proof, I guess the whole shipment is due any day…..We used the logo I created for them, as well as my “Bird Man”…a departure for the first bags I designed there. I’ll have to post them both, especially as the old ones are going fast, and being ‘collected’ by patrons…..

I don’t repeat myself. These deco-ish walls were done some time ago, and the desire to do them again has come and gone. The foyer on right was silver leaf squares, rubbed with black pigment.

I don’t repeat myself. These deco-ish walls were done some time ago, and the desire to do them again has come and gone. The foyer on right was silver leaf squares, rubbed with black pigment.

A piece that a client recently purchased, awaiting delivery. This is a Photogram of an antique bottle I found in the woods behind my old house, in it is a ‘moth’. it is a silver print ( made in darkroom )…I put it in a destroyed old frame years ago. The oval is underneath the glass, and the whole thing has a ghostlike presence. I’ve had clients bugging me for it for some years, finally gave in to one with a collection it would be happy in…

A piece that a client recently purchased, awaiting delivery. This is a Photogram of an antique bottle I found in the woods behind my old house, in it is a ‘moth’. it is a silver print ( made in darkroom )…I put it in a destroyed old frame years ago. The oval is underneath the glass, and the whole thing has a ghostlike presence. I’ve had clients bugging me for it for some years, finally gave in to one with a collection it would be happy in…

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In Westchester, some unusual walls in a study. The designer Martin Heinz wanted to get an old, decayed leather effect, so I layered and layered using a few different techniques. Even forcing cracks in selected areas- reminiscent of the type of cracking that occurs in worn leather. After producing a few  variations of a ‘leather brown’ ( each layer was a variation on the colours) -I finally drybrushed the by now raised areas, to complete the look, which is very warm and inviting.

stephensperadecorative:

In Westchester, some unusual walls in a study. The designer Martin Heinz wanted to get an old, decayed leather effect, so I layered and layered using a few different techniques. Even forcing cracks in selected areas- reminiscent of the type of cracking that occurs in worn leather. After producing a few  variations of a ‘leather brown’ ( each layer was a variation on the colours) -I finally drybrushed the by now raised areas, to complete the look, which is very warm and inviting.

Painted trays. Paint on wood. I have always loved the opportunity to make painted trays. The opportunity to produce so many varied finishes was a very win-win, design-wise. I could experiment to my heart’s content, or follow a strict set  of rules and patterns….and whether I knew what would happen, or tying to surprise myself, the results were always happy. As the techniques were application as well as removal, I could layer out anything I didn’t find spot-on.  Lately, Ive been making new trays, and hope to post them when finished. These were sold the minute I finished, if not sooner, but fortunately I managed to save a few for my own home…

Pictus will paint anything, anytime. This past weekend, I painted WOMEN. Cool, wild women, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It WAS paint, after all. And they ARE women……

Pictus will paint anything, anytime. This past weekend, I painted WOMEN. Cool, wild women, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It WAS paint, after all. And they ARE women……

In my travels, I find that often I am taking a shot or two for sheer inspiration…this triptych of Parisian doors, taken in Pere Lachaise Cemetery, are just that. A version of this shot has been on my studio thinkboard fro so long I don’t even see it there anymore….

In my travels, I find that often I am taking a shot or two for sheer inspiration…this triptych of Parisian doors, taken in Pere Lachaise Cemetery, are just that. A version of this shot has been on my studio thinkboard fro so long I don’t even see it there anymore….

For a client In Saratoga Springs, NY, I made a dozen canvases that mimicked the blankets worn by the horses in the nearby racetrack. The weathered look and feel were close to the inspiration materials.

The world’s grooviest stripes….I wish this room still existed, but the fleeting nature of paint on walls …..well, I’ll do it again elsewhere….

The world’s grooviest stripes….I wish this room still existed, but the fleeting nature of paint on walls …..well, I’ll do it again elsewhere….

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