Rising Tide Decorative Arts http://risingtideinc.us/blog The Rising Tide Blog Fri, 13 May 2011 02:43:00 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 A new entry! Bragging! http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2011/05/13/a-new-entry-bragging/ http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2011/05/13/a-new-entry-bragging/#comments Fri, 13 May 2011 02:43:00 +0000 Tom http://risingtideinc.us/blog/?p=254 I hope you have been following the Facebook updates HERE, I have found the process of posting there easy and successful, but this one is too big to be casual about. This month’s issue of Veranda Magazine features the project we did at the Marwood mansion for Mary Drysdale a while back, and I have been holding off posting any pictures of the job so as to avoid any conflict with their exclusivity. Now that the magazine has come out, I can start putting up photos.

Please go see the magazine itself, there are ten pages of beautiful images of the completed job. These are taken in progress as I had limited access to the house with a camera once it was furnished.

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Facebook http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2010/03/09/facebook/ http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2010/03/09/facebook/#comments Tue, 09 Mar 2010 11:42:02 +0000 Tom http://risingtideinc.us/blog/?p=252 I have been messing around with a Rising Tide Inc. Facebook page that seems easier to maintain than this blog, so check here for updates if you are bored.

We’ll see.

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Here’s a couple of mural photos. http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2010/01/02/heres-a-couple-of-mural-photos/ http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2010/01/02/heres-a-couple-of-mural-photos/#comments Sat, 02 Jan 2010 04:28:11 +0000 Tom http://risingtideinc.us/blog/?p=242 I should have posted these some time ago.

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Trompe L’oeil ornament http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/12/28/trompe-loeil-ornament/ http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/12/28/trompe-loeil-ornament/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2009 16:58:12 +0000 Tom http://risingtideinc.us/blog/?p=238 I started posting last week because I actually had some new images of painting, but I got caught up in posting my personal travel pictures instead and almost forgot to throw in the work stuff.



This is a kitchen hood I painted for Studio One on Reisterstown Road. It is painted in the style of Habersham, (of which I am not much of an admirer, as I find the work lumpy and uncertain, as if they are trying to hide an imperfect understanding of classical form), but that’s what the client wanted, so who am I to snark except in the privacy of my own blog?

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Long Time Part III http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/12/24/long-time-part-iii/ http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/12/24/long-time-part-iii/#comments Thu, 24 Dec 2009 00:07:45 +0000 Tom http://risingtideinc.us/blog/?p=230 Then in October I helped a friend sail his schooner from Portsmouth, Virginia to Key West,


This is the spinnaker, which I broke.

This is the briney deep blue sea, wherein there be whales. I saw them.

This is Miami.

This is the splash of a porpoise, following us into harbor. And Glenn.

And THIS is the marina on Stock Island, where I hung in hammocks.



 and with no good reason to hurry home, I stayed through Halloween. It’s the next closest thing to Mardi Gras, apparently.

This is what they mean by “painted lady” around here.

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Wow, Part II http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/12/23/wow-part-ii/ http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/12/23/wow-part-ii/#comments Wed, 23 Dec 2009 23:52:48 +0000 Tom http://risingtideinc.us/blog/?p=228 In August we drove the van, Sophie, to take my daughter Sarah to college in Boulder, Colorado, but couldn’t manage a direct path.

Instead we went via Niagara Falls, then across Canada to the Michigan Upper Penninsula,


and across the Dakotas. Of course we stopped to see the Little House on the Prairie homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

And paused to pose as presidents….

And looked for aliens…..

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Wow! It’s been a while. Part 1 http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/12/23/wow-its-been-a-while-part-1/ http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/12/23/wow-its-been-a-while-part-1/#comments Wed, 23 Dec 2009 23:46:49 +0000 Tom http://risingtideinc.us/blog/?p=222 The last time I posted was in May!

It has been a dry summer for Rising Tide as far as decorative painting goes, but not for me. I have been on three distinct personal adventures to make up for the general shortness of work around here, beginning with a two week trip in July  to Oregon to visit my family.

This is me at the beach in Bandon. That’s my mom out there picking up rocks and stuff.

At the end of my brother’s block in Brookings. 

One of these might be the house I lived in in Portland in 1966. Substantially rebuilt, so my parents are no help.

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More on those columns http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/05/22/more-on-those-columns/ http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/05/22/more-on-those-columns/#comments Fri, 22 May 2009 11:50:54 +0000 Tom http://risingtideinc.us/blog/?p=218 I went back to the synagogue for a couple of hours yesterday and finished up. I had some touchups where I had scuffed off some blobs in the underpainting, so I decided to add some veining. I think they add something for the distant view and in the photographs, but up close they are not particularly necessary.

I also went inside and took pictures of the work Willy and I did inside at the end of ‘07.

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A little project for a spring day http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/05/21/a-little-project-for-a-spring-day/ http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/05/21/a-little-project-for-a-spring-day/#comments Thu, 21 May 2009 02:15:51 +0000 Tom http://risingtideinc.us/blog/?p=215 I had the slightly unusual opportunity to marbleize some exterior columns at a Pikesville synagogue today. The client wanted a subtle enhancement of the new front entry for the building, which has been evolving over the past couple of years from a house into a community center and place for worship. Two winters ago Willy Richardson and I marbleized a set of interior columns in the community meeting room, then detailed the iron handrail with some metallic accents. Recently they added a new front facade, but it was all too monochrome and needed a bit of flair.

This morning was a beautiful warm spring day, perfect to spend outside.

I decided a simple limestone finish would complement the building without calling too much attention to itself, so began with a wash of grey-green-blue in parabolic curves to follow the round structure of the columns.

This was followed by a sponged wash of ivory to add texture, close the contrast range, and to neutralize the chroma of the first wash.

One of the advantages of the limestone choice is that it does not need a sheen, which lends itself well to the exterior usage. The construction is a little bit crude, and the finish will last better if it is allowed to breathe. A sealer coat is an invitation to delamination in the long run, if moisture gets under the film. It is also appropriate for use in front of that EIFS trowelled stone block background.


 Finally I recut the capital and base in a puce tone reminiscent of the anodized bronze vestibule. There will be bronze signage applied in the arch at some point, which will give it a nice rhythm of darks for the eye to follow. 

Subtle, stone-like and unprepossessing. Just like me.

Tomorrow I will touchup and enhance the marble just a bit, and recut the trim in a second coat, and be finished. Yay!

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Too Cool for School http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/05/12/too-cool-for-school/ http://risingtideinc.us/blog/2009/05/12/too-cool-for-school/#comments Tue, 12 May 2009 00:30:21 +0000 Tom http://risingtideinc.us/blog/?p=212  

All the gang at Rising Tide took time off from the daily recession and spent a lovely weekend at the beach in Rehoboth, DE. Here we are exercising our extreme hipness.



Too bad I forgot to get pictures of us in the hot tub…..

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