History & Traditions, Painting

Completing a Renaissance Baroque art project – Another UFO down.

When you live at least four decades and more, you tend to accumulate a lot of ‘stuff’. Particularly if you are into craft, as I am. At some point, it becomes overwhelming and this is when you need to have a good look at your stash and perform a swift and sometimes cruel cull. But another less painful way to clean up is to complete some Un Finished Objects, hitherto referred to as UFOs. And do so with a determination akin to that of a Tasmanian devil hanging on to its prey.Helen Kuster pattern

I have not varished it yet, hence the few guidelines still being visible.  If you want to know how to do the faux finish background  I used in this project, you will find a tutorial on my blog here: Tutorial – Faux Finish Woodgrain

Helen Kuster pattern Storage Box

Thus, another one down, Only several hundred more to go…..

This pattern comes from the talented Helen Kuster of South Australia, who has made Renaissance-baroque folk art  her passion.

In the Baroque art form, dating from the 12th Centrury, there is symmetry, mass and space, but also swelling and lavish forms, sometimes almost too much embellishment, which contrasts with the restraints in the Renaissance time period, from the earlier centuries.

I first completed this pattern on a Linen hamper, for dirty laundry, and then on a few smaller items, and now this WPB…. wooden paper box..(tricked you?)  In reality, this one will live in the bathroom as a storage for toilet rolls.

One more touch I might make is to add a S stroke border along the base profile, just to match in with the top.

Then to varnish it. I always like to leave time to ponder about the project prior to varnishing, as there is always just a final touch or two I wish to add, after the completed project has ‘sat’ a while. It is a hellish job trying to paint after the application of a full coat of varnish!

2 thoughts on “Completing a Renaissance Baroque art project – Another UFO down.”

  1. Good question. It is similar in a lot of ways. But this is an earlier stage in historical terms than Bauernmalerei. Bauermalerei was concentrated in Bavarian areas, and on houses, with lots of flowers and figures with more detail and embellishment. R- B in this form is inspired by art seen adorning churches, and is more simplistic ( ie 2 dimensional) and very strictly symmetrical. It also was found in areas apart from Bavaria, throughout Europe and developed, as time went on, into individual folk art forms according to geographical area. Alpbachtal in Switzerland, Bauermalerei in Bavaria, Rosemaling in Norway etc. I hope that answers your question.


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