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Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Fall Night

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I painted this picture in 1988. The inspiration to paint the picture came one night while I was in my car waiting for a friend.  I could not believe the brilliant colors of the leaves around the street light. The leaves were glowing in all the surrounding darkness. What a creepy but beautiful contrast. As the leaves fell from the trees, they were caught in the light only to disappear into the night. Without light there is no color. That scene remained in my mind until one night in the fall of 1988, I decided to put it on a canvas. It reminds me of the never ending cycle of the seasons and how the fall goes out in such glory.

How to - paint touch ups

Time for paint
     The holidays are right around the corner, family is coming over and you would like to make a good impression. There are a few areas on your home interior walls that need touching up but you cannot find the matching paint, what do you do? Don’t panic! The following techniques will help achieve professional results.

      Take a deep breath and relax, check to see if there is any of the original paint in your supply room. If you can not find the original paint try the next step. Next  take a small sample of the paint color from the wall to the paint center and have it matched. Take a razor knife and score the sheet rock making a square the size of 2 x 2 inch. After cutting into the wall peal the first layer away from the wall. I recommend picking an inconspicuous area, behind a door is a great place to start. If you have found the paint, mix it well and try a test spot on the wall to see if it blends in. If it bends in your ready to proceed.

Clean area
    Spackle the area where the sample was taken, when dry, sand and wipe clean. Now take your newly matched paint and apply it to the areas as needed for touch ups. I found a 4 inch mini roller with a standard ½ in. nap is great for this application. The mini rollers have become very popular and can be found in most paint supply centers. Also, pick up a roller tray and a small tarp to catch any drips. Pour a little amount of paint into the roller tray and then apply paint to the roller. Try not to add too much paint to the roller.

Spot prime
     If you have any spots that have crayons or magic marker I recommend using Cover Stain Primer in a spray can. Read the instructions first and then apply a small amount to the area. When your primer dries you are ready to paint. Clean the other areas as needed.

     I found the roller technique better than using a brush. The brush tends to make a band aid appearance which is very obvious; your walls will appear to have a bad rash. Using the roller tends to blend the paint in much better. Before starting test a spot of paint and use a blow dryer to see how it blends in. If the spot of paint disappears after it dries then you’re good to go.

Apply paint
     Roll over the area that needs the fresh paint and run the path of the roller a least 12 inches on all sides lightly feathering the outer areas. (In this demonstration I used a light color so you can see what I’m explaining better ) Move your roller vertically up and down the wall. This works great for all paints but sheen paints need a little more finesse.

   If you’re touching up an area which is perpendicular to a window using eggshell, satin, semi-gloss finish it will be very noticeable. By using this technique you will have a better chance of the paint blending in. Another tip: There are shadow areas in all rooms which are next to door frames, windows, hanging pictures and furniture; these are great areas to bring your paint towards to hide the new touch up.

Feather all edges

    When the touch up is very close to an adjoining wall move you’re roller towards the wall corner. We are trying to fool the eye and make the touch ups less obvious. It is very important that the paint match is as close as the original paint. The sheen and color needs to be the same for this to be successful.

Nice and clean
   When I find spots at eye level I roll the paint as high as my arm will go and also as low. By doing this the touch up will be hard to find.  Two coats may be required over a primer. Purchase good grade paint and the results will be very nice.

    Note: If you see spots coming threw your finish work reapply the spot primer and when dry touch up the area again. Enjoy your Holiday's!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Is that the color?

      Many times while cutting in a room with a new paint color my customers would ask, is that the color? I kid around with them responding, no, this is your neighbors color and they asked me to try it out on your walls. They said, you would not mind. The look on their face is worth millions. No really, is that the color? They ask again. Yes, it is. What is happening here?

     Any time we are changing a color of a room for example, the walls were originally medium blue changing to yellow. The two colors are now together and the yellow has a greenish look to it. Don’t panic, this is basic color 101. Why is this happening?

     OK, I know most of us are not artist’s and don’t remember color theory, so, if you take a blue  and mix it with yellow you get green. The same goes for blue and red make purple, red and yellow make orange and so on.
     This happens when the paint we are applying is a sheen finish such as eggshell, satin, semi - gloss. The reflection picks up the main color in the room, hence changing the color. This affect is temporary; once the entire room is painted the color will look the same as the sample. There’s more….

      Lighting! Choosing colors from a swatch book or fan deck in a room at night the color will not look the same in the daylight. Also, I found that window tint comes in different colors which will greatly change the colors in a room. It is wise to choose a color in the rooms that you would like to have painted in both day and night lighting.
     We also suggest large color samples to view in each room which will make your decisions easier. Purchase pints or quarts of paint and paint on construction board. I use a blow dryer to speed up the process and then add another coat of paint. Hang the big samples around your home for a few days and your color choices will narrow down to the best ones.

     Using these large samples enables us to see how color will react in different lighting. We also get the chance to see how it works with the various fabrics in a room.
Remember that a sheen paint finish will pick up colors that are around them. A flat finish would be a better choice if you’re concerned about other colors encroaching.

     Today there are washable flat paints which are not flat; these products have a low sheen to them. Make your samples and see how they will react in your interior, this way there is no surprises. It is worth the extra time to exercise this method.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


      How can we resist a glance at blue skies and white clouds passing by our windows. For a moment our minds are floating away and we are lost in a dream. Many of us have imagined great things which have become reality. Your dreams can come true and it may take a lifetime to achieve, so stay on track and keep your eyes on the prize. Success will come in time.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Color Purple

                                                                     The Color Purple
          Mystery, magic and creativity are some of the words often associated with the color purple.

 The storm has passed and the water is still. Clouds cradle the moon as if it was a prized pearl with it's illuminating glow leading us into another day.

Original acrylic paintings created by Ron Markowitz.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Orange Memories


     I lived in New Jersey for several years and witnessed some of the most awesome displays of the leaves changing color in the Fall. It was like mother nature's fireworks changing with each passing day. Little did I know what a profound effect it would have on my life. 

     In my opinion, orange is the most iconic color of fall. When the trees explode into brilliant colors, we are reminded that fall is here. As we stare at this beautiful color show, we remember the things we loved the most and still cherish today. I remember running door-to-door on Halloween night, collecting delicious candy in my orange pumpkin, glowing jack o’ lanterns greeting me at every door step, and candy corn in my grandmother’s candy dish which I could not keep my hands out of.

     A few more of my orange memories include the smell of hot pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven, sweet potatoes, carrots and don’t forget that beautiful roasted turkey glazed with honey. Many of us had to rake the falling leaves from our yards and sometimes the pile of leaves would be four ft. high. During break time a tall glass of OJ was the perfect refreshing energy drink that put a smile on all our faces.  Once the break was over we would throw our selves into the pile of leaves and roll around till we were dizzy.

      How can anyone resist playing in those piles of leaves?  Sometimes the leaves would lift off the ground and chase each other around in the wind creating a kaleidoscope of color. It’s their last dance before winter arrives.

      No sooner than the trees are bare, we continue the celebration of fall with all the colorful decorations and food in our homes. Family and friends come together to share old stories and enjoy one of the most cherished meals of the year and give thanks.

      Living in Florida there are few natural reminders of fall. This is why color plays such an important role in our lives. I welcome all the warmth and vitality of the color orange. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Halloween mural - scary fun!

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   Halloween has always been one of my favorite days of the year. I decided to have a party, but it had to be one to remember, a party which came from my heart and soul. So, I gathered all my painting tools and artist brushes and lost myself in my ghoulish thoughts for a few days. The actual size of the mural was 8ft x 16ft.
My family thought I had lost my mind. They could not believe that I was painting this huge mural on our family room wall. Hey! I'm a painter and all I need is a little primer and paint, don't worry!

     As the hours passed my family shaking their heads as they walked by, I continued painting in somewhat of a trance, until it was complete. I stepped back to look at my work and said to myself, I have lost my mind just in time for the party.
      The party turned out to be a big hit. Everyone took pictures standing in front of this fun, haunting backdrop and laughed that I would do such a thing. I did a lot more to my home to keep in the theme but the mural was my favorite.

Have a vision for adding something ghoulish for your Halloween party? Don't be afraid, loose yourself. Get into the theme of things. All it takes is a little paint and imagination.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Drywall repair

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  Drywall repair

As you can see there is a wall repair which has to much texture and it does not match the surrounding area.  Let's see what else we will find.
 Surprise! After cutting the outer area with a razor knife, there was a thin metal patch which was used to cover the hole. I will use mesh tape for this application and you will see why in the next photo's.

 Mesh tape was applied over the hole and on to the surrounding area for support. The mesh tape has an adhesive on it's surface and it makes it easy for it to stick to the wall.  I applied a few more strips in the center for more support.

Note: I used 20 min. compound mix for this project. If there is no time restraint you can use basic drywall compound. Apply small amount of compound. It's amazing how little goes a long way.
 This is the first application with 20 minute compound using a 4 in. compound blade. I applied a small amount to the area and lightly onto the mesh tape, over the hole. What I like about this application is the tape can be slightly pushed in to give you a concave area. This will keep you from over applying the compound like the first picture. The main thing here, don't over apply the compound on the mesh tape, keep it close. Try not to fill the hole in one shot. Let this completely dry.
Another coat of of compound was applied with a 6 in blade. Build up the hole so that it is level with the surrounding area. It may take another coat to get everything level. When the compound fully dries and you are satisfied go ahead and sand the area with 150 grit sandpaper.
I like to sand  the outer sides to feather them into the surrounding area, and then into the center.  Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth, when dry apply a water base primer with a 4 in. roller and a 1/2 in. nap.

In this final photo I applied the orange peal texture from a spray can. Try not to cover the area in one shot. Take a moment to see if you need more and apply again. To remove the excess, use a damp sponge before it dries. Spray slightly onto the outer areas of the patch going on the original wall texture, but be careful not to over do it. When texture is dry I applied a water base primer and when it dried, I applied latex finish coats with a 4 in roller 1/2 nap.

NOTE: Practice spraying the texture onto a piece of drywall or board before applying it to the wall. Most of these spray cans have a dial at the tip which enables you to increase or decrease the amount of coverage. Cover the floor, furniture and window treatments before spraying the texture. Protect your eyes and ware a dust mask. Follow all manufactures instructions. Take your time and have fun! If have any questions please -
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Enjoy your morning coffee...


For most of us, one of the first things we do in the morning is to enjoy a delicious cup of hot coffee, made just the way we like it. With each sip, euphoria slips away and we become aware of the day ahead. Can it be possible to have a work day as good as this coffee? Reality sets in and you would be happy if only a few small things were to go wrong. Here’s a story of a not so perfect day.

One morning a painting contractor gave out the work orders for the day to the employees. One of the projects was a simple one, prime and paint the interior walls of this small home. The boss received a call a few hours later saying they needed more primer. Why do you need more primer? The boss asked. The mural on the wall will not cover and we used most of the primer on just that, replied the employee. What! You painted over the mural, you were not asked to do that, said the boss in a frustrated tone.

Well, it was too late. The mural, which was painted by a local artist, was completely covered with primer. The cost to repaint the mural was about even with the cost of the paint project. At first the homeowner flipped out but soon realized that the original artist could reproduce the art work. The home owner and the artist were the winners that day, the artist has several days of work and the homeowner gets her custom mural repainted.  So, let’s take another sip of coffee and reflect on our day, which was not that bad after all.

Just about every day I visit the paint supply center to pick up my paint order and misc. items. I hear all these amazing stories. Contractors, customers and the employees share their tales and experiences, some sad, some funny and some inspiring. Have any stories to share? Add them in the comment box. I look forward to reading them.