When I started writing this post I realised there are so many amazing painters, I couldn't fit them all into the one post! So I'm starting with a couple that always spring to mind immediately, but you may see this topic come up again and again in the future.
I've been painting for around 10 years now, and one of the most amazing parts of this industry is the number of creative people who are willing to share their talent with others. Social media means we can be right there in the studio with Annie Sloan or Jonathon Marc Mendes, and you can use that inspiration to create something of your very own.
When I started, Annie Sloan was yet to bring her paint to Australia, and so I was working with products readily available at Bunnings and not always satisfied with the results. But I would watch Annie's YouTube videos and follow along on Facebook, watching her work and being incredibly inspired. When Chalk Paint finally arrived I was lucky enough to receive some paint to try and fell in love.
I love the way Annie layers paint to create texture; while a smooth look is popular I like something with a little more character! Annie has always been a great supporter of small business, something that really resonated with me, and her support of Oxfam this year has been yet another reason which I continue to love the business I'm in.
Another way in which Annie supports small business is via her Painters in Residence Program, and this is how I discovered Jonathon Marc Mendes. Jonathon was selected by Annie in 2017 as her Painter in Residence, and over a period of several months he created some amazing projects using Chalk Paint. By far one of the most popular of his projects was the leather look chair below.
Brown isn't usually my go to colour, but the technqiues behind created that layered and blended look are amazing.
Both Annie and Jonathon will be visiting Australia in November of this year for the Makers and Painters Market. There are still tickets available for their workshops and you can find out more here.
Ildiko Horvath of Restored4u is another of Annie's recent Painters in Residence whose work I just love! Her incredible use of colour and ombre effect, not to mention her amazing styling, just makes me want to get out and paint!
I could sit and sift through Ildiko's gallery on her website all day, there are so many beautiful pieces with gorgeous colour combinations. There's certainly lots of encouragement to go bold in there! It also reminds me that when styling both for sale and in my own home, sometimes the basics I already have can be arranged to make an amazing display.
My last one for this post is Chloe Kempster of Maisies House. I found Chloe via the Annie Sloan Instagram feed, after one of her pieces was featured. Her feed is full of really pretty looking pieces done in lovely bright colours, like the unicorn inspired wardrobe below.
Another talented painter who achieves that blended look so well!
So there's a start, but I can't wait to share some of the other painters who really inspire me. If you have a suggestion of an amazing painter to follow, I'd love to hear about them!