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Melka Myers
Bay Area, CA
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I wanted to share a little girl's room I did recently. It was particularly fun because it was based on a drawing by the room's occupant, Alice, at the request of the designer, Kristina Wolf. Great idea, Kristina! You can see Alice's drawing, my own sketch, and the finished product... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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Here is another fun one from the same house- a personalized faux carpet in the entryway. Yes, it is painted directly onto the wood floor! This painted carpet includes the clients' initials as well as the outlines of their countries of origin, Ireland and the Philippines, worked into a symmetrical... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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I'm a bit late in posting this but since it's one of my faves, I say better late than never. For this mural, I layered antique astronomical charts over a world map in shades of blue, gray, white, silver and gold. It was painted/drawn in my studio on blank wallpaper... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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I thought this glam kitchen would be a very fitting post for the holidays! Our clients had found a mica flake wallpaper that they loved, but felt the shimmer was too dense, so they had us invent a finish that was more 'starry night' and less 'disco ball.' I was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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Whew, things have been busy! I'm waiting for professional photographs to be taken of some of these jobs, but I decided to go ahead and post some teasers (i.e. in-progress and detail shots) in the meantime. For me, the beauty is in the details anyhow. I'm looking forward to sharing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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I'm often asked if I do plaster finishes- I do not. I do, however, do a plaster-like finish with paint that is very convincing. Plaster is beautiful, but so impractical! If it is damaged, often the entire wall must be redone and even then, depending on the color matching skills... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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Spring has sprung here in Northern California. It’s raining (yay, finally!) and I’m looking at the blooming plum tree filled with birds outside the window, thinking what a popular mural subject blooming trees are- and birds, too! Since architecture exists to protect humans from nature, I think it’s interesting that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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First off, I'd like to thank all the fantastic clients, designers, fellow painters and friends that made 2013 such a great year for Salt Rock Studio! What a great variety of projects we tackled this past year, from decorative painting to illustration to graphic design. On a personal note, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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It has been too long since I have posted! I wanted to share a few photos from a recent job to get me back on track. This was a crosshatch strie, in which I pulled the glaze vertically and then horizontally, in two different layers. The result looks something like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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I was reading a book recently called Taste, by Stephen Bailey, which is a tongue-in-cheek history of the choices people make as consumers. I think at this point in time we are all fairly aware of being manipulated by advertising in our daily lives, but it is funny how even... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2013 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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Here is a recently completed woodgraining project on the center panels of five doors. Any time you have to match adjoining real wood it ups the ante a bit and makes for a more interesting project, in my opinion. At some point in time, the center panels of these five... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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I was one of those painters let loose this past weekend in the Children's Hospital of Oakland's outpatient chemo unit. We had a blast! This is my second collaboration with the wonderful organization Rooms that Rock for Chemo run by botanical artist and all-around great person, Nancy Ballard. I was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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I am very happy to have several illustrations published in this Spring's edition of Netherlands-based architecture magazine, Volume, which just hit newsstands! The drawings accompany an amazing article by architect Simone Ferracina entitled "How to Build a House: A Fairy Tale of a Sustainable Future." In it, he "...argues that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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I haven't shown any new work here in awhile so here some photos from a couple recent jobs that I particularly enjoyed doing. The first was outlined with a stencil but each element was then actually painted by hand. This lends it a charm that is even lovelier in person,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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Here is a difficult admission for a painter of any stripe: I'm bold when it comes to color in other people's homes- not so much my own. Gray is my favorite color because it's beautiful on it's own but it also enhances whatever is next to it. Isn't that the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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I am often asked, "What is glazing?" Even people who ask me to glaze their homes are often confused as to what exactly they are asking for and how to ask for what they really want. Truth be told, though, it is a vague term. 'Glaze' (these days anyway) is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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Awhile back, I featured a wall I designed with metallic stripes in the blog post entitled "Fall in Line." I am happy to share that the room has been published in the current (Summer 2012) issue of Luxury Home Quarterly magazine. Here is the lovely shot of the room that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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It's tricky, sometimes, to touch up antiques; this is especially true since most loose value when they are altered. Their age is part of their charm but there is 'good' aging and 'bad' aging. Unfortunately, things don't always, or even usually, age in an even and esthetically pleasing way due... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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Well, isn't this the faux-fauxiest job ever! I've never been asked to faux wallpaper and someone else's faux marble to boot. The client (a hotel) was trying to cover up an old mural until they could redo the entire room so this is meant to be a temporary fix and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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I have been working on a trompe l’oeil piece and it’s been making me think about color again in a way that I haven’t in awhile. Namely, the way adjoining colors effect each other and how to use this to my advantage to create depth when painting. Since I’m mostly... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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This blog entry was supposed to be about animal symbolism in the decorative arts and interior design in particular, but I got a little distracted when I began reading the story of how James McNeill Whistler’s famous Peacock Room came to be. I realized the combined drama of the actual... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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Although I spend most of my time painting, I prefer to draw. It's really difficult to convince people to let me draw on their walls, though! They worry it won't last, that it won't look 'finished', or that the neighbors might think them odd. Also, if it works so well,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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Here, finally, are better photos of a couple of jobs I have featured previously. The first photos are of a Chinoiserie-style powder room I painted in the East Bay and the last photo is Lynne Rutter's grisaille interpretation of an antique French wallpaper that I helped paint. I enjoyed both... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2011 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting
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How do you make a wall stand up to bold artwork, without overpowering it? That was the challenge of designing a finish for an accent wall in this modern loft. Using the wall to unite the silver and gold elements already throughout the space harmonized the pallette, while the lines... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at Salt Rock Studio Decorative Painting