by Marc Potocsky 10/ 15/ 13
I was born in New Haven, CT; lived on Olive St., Wooster St, and Pardee St. New Haven was my home town, my stomping ground; it’s where I grew up and went to School. I have wonderful memories of down town New Haven, its where we hung out as kids, shopping, High school, the museums and the Yale Art Galleries, and the stores, the green, all throughout the 60’s and 70’s. So when I was commissioned by Yale art department in 2011 to do a decorative painting project for the newly renovated art gallery I was elated and honored.
The Yale Art Department wanted a Faux Bois/ straight wood grain on all the existing wood trim, crown molding, window casings door casings, doors and paneling on the first floor of the Street Hall building. This decorative paint technique we used at MJP Studios is similar to tight strie glazing.
After discussing what they were looking for we made sample boards of the faux painted wood graining for technique and color. The technique we used requires and open time glaze, Golden Paints Proceed line of slow drying acrylics fit the bill rather than a traditional oil glaze. Using different size spalter brushes and steel combs to manipulate the glaze. Much of the actual wood was original Chestnut and Pine, circa 1866.
After the sample boards were approved we did a partial sample on site on one of the window casings and paneling so the curators could get a good feel for how it would work in the room. All the wood surfaces were prepped and base coated by Mackenzie painting , CT.
All the areas of decorative painting by MJP Studios were on the first floor of the street hall building which would appropriately be the decorative arts section and salon of the gallery.
I had a great deal of help by my MJP Studios team of craftsmen and artists on the job site, along with myself, Christi Biotti, Marlow Demars, Beto lucena, Holly Whiting, Nicholas Andreoli and Oskar Haponiuk, all did a wonderful job and gave me 100%.
Large Window casings complete
The Faux Wood graining looks great! It was a pleasure working with all the great folks at Yale, and Dimeo construction we made some new friends and relationships, and I am really proud to have been a part of the renovation of such a historical site that houses some of the most beautiful pieces of art work in the world, and it all happened in my old home town and my back yard.