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September and October 2008

Foyer Canvas and Medallion - final Foyer Canvas Right - final Due to lots of work, travel, and fun, it has been a while since I updated my blog.  I don't want anyone to think I haven't been at work.

Since August I have painted a couple of floral panels on canvas and installed them in a favorite client's home foyer in Moorestown, NJ.  Since then I've returned to paint a ceiling medallion in the same foyer and as of today (Oct. 24) I am just about done.

Foyer Canvas Left - final Olmert Floral From BelowJust prior to this I worked in New York City in a fabulous mid-19th century brownstone in Chelsea where I glazed the bedroom walls with three layers of camel to chocolate brown.  It was a rather ordinary finish in an extraordinary room.

I did have time while allowing paint to dry to visit the Metropolitan, Folk Art and Museum of Modern Art museums.  Plus I saw the plays "Equus"and "Spam a Lot" and actually met Clay Aiken and Daniel Radcliffe briefly...not to mention running across Sandra Bernhart in the local bookshop.

I include a few shots of the work I've just mentioned.  I am also lucky enough to have a feature profile in next month's South Jersey magazine to look forward to.

Hugh Paints Medallion Chelsea Brownstone Upcoming projects include painted floors in an upscale Philadelphia condominium on Rittenhouse Square, residential ballroom canvas panels with French cartouche decoration containing vignettes of musical instruments, a dining room ceiling with angels, flowers, a diaper pattern with silver leaf and marbling.

Also coming up prior to Thanksgiving is a new coffered ceiling (by David Ramsay) installed in an historic (mid-18th century) plantation home near Salem, NJ, to be decorated and in the flat areas (20 to be exact) will be Italian flags.

Final Foyer Medallion - Closeup RUFUS PORTER MUSEUM UPDATE:  Next year's classes (July 9 and 10) are all set for the Cultural Heritage Series at the museum, repeating the Vinegar graining class and a new class entitled "Early American Brush Stroke Wall Painting."

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