A painting in ál fresco technique

The ál fresco or fresco technique, is a method of painting water-based pigments on freshly applied plaster, usually on wall surfaces. The colours, which are made by grinding dry-powder pigments in pure water, dry and set with the plaster to become a permanent part of the wall. Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Stanza murals in the Vatican are the most famous of all frescoes.

The technique I have developed lately, after trial and error, is a more simple one. But I like to think it imitates the result and brings to mind an evident similarity with a wall surface, though the painting is made on wood.

My newest painting, ‘The dolly friend’, is a vintage-inspired theme. A little girl dressed in vintage-styled clothes, playing with an antique doll. It only seemed fitting that the painting technique should be aged as well.

Like a painting dipped in time…

Feel free to click on the closeup images, to get a closer view of the painting surface. The result is smooth but rough at the same time. Like the picture has survived many years and many hardships. As if it has travelled through centuries and around the world…

I personally find this kind of artwork very fitting for garden or yard décor, since many items like tools and terracotta pots are naturally aged through time in those places. Flowers and plants seem to complement the characters perfectly, don’t you think?

Although if you’re anything like me, you probably have vintage items all around… 🙂

Let me know in the comments of your ideas and impressions. How do you feel about this kind of painting? What other themes do you see fitting? What has inspired you today?

And remember: if many days you feel like a little girl, stuck in an adult’s body, wondering how you got there… you’re not the only one!

Happy Women’s Day 🌷

Take care of you and all the wonderful women around you!



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  1. Looks fantastic!! Great work 💕

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