Monday, July 30, 2007

Faux Painting: Blue Plaster BEFORE

Check back at the end of this week for the AFTER photos!


On the set of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD in Darien this morning . . .

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are doing a night scene in the bedroom in the house that is underneath this tent:

But the REAL stars of any movie (in my opinion) are all the talented people BEHIND the scenes . . .

Tony Trotta's scenic art station:
Key rigging grip James Boniece:
Pictures from the Trumbull set, called "Vito's Log Cabin"....

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Faux Painting: West Hartford Bathroom AFTER

Ragrolled paint finish to match bathroom tile:

(Photos by Pia Sjolin)

Materials and LAUGHS supplied by these nice guys at the John Boyle Decorating Center on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford:

See BEFORE pictures here.

Project completed by Dana Herbert and Pia Sjolin.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Faux Painting: West Hartford Bathroom BEFORE

These BEFORE photos of a West Hartford bathroom were taken yesterday. Check back at the end of this week for the AFTER photos:
What would YOU paint on these walls to make this bathroom look fabulous?

Dana Herbert and Pia Sjolin

More great projects to follow!
Stayed tuned . . .

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Film: 50,000 BEDS

Hotel rooms and their stories - behind closed doors:Stills from 50,000 BEDS, an exhibit of 45 videos exploring the world of Connecticut's hotels.

The exhibit is on display in Hartford, New Haven and Ridgefield.

Read the full story here.

Quotes from the Courant:
"I wasn't clear with the owner/manager what we were doing, and he thought we were having a "party" and were going to film it" - in other words, make a porn movie.

"When I tried to explain what we were doing, and that it was an art video project, it probably sounded like a bad coverup, and he insisted repeatedly that he didn't care if we had sex in the room, so long as our friends waited outside - the more I tried to explain that sex wasn't involved at all, the more adamant he became saying, `I want you to have sex' and `NO! You can have sex in the room, a man and a woman, but just two at a time,'" she said.

Unable to convince him with bribes, Van Natta eventually moved the shoot to another motel with hot tubs and finished. "Being in the middle of it was true immersion. It was a psychedelic night for all."

50,000 BEDS is showing through Sept. 23 at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, 860-232-1006; through Sept. 15 at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven, 203-772-2709; and through Sept. 2 at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield,203-438-4519.

50,000 BEDS
Chris Doyle Studio

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Music: Sergent Garcia & Bionik - Revolucion

Faux Painting: Venetian Plaster

From Texston.
Contact me to view complete color sample catalog.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Film: THE 11TH HOUR Trailer

Trailer for the new Leonardo DiCaprio documentary about the environment and green design:

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Stupid Doctors: Doctors Endorsing Smoking Video

1949 TV commercial from Camel cigarettes:In 2049, we will be looking at pharmaceutical ads the same way.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Consumer Activism: Tainted Toothpaste Confiscated in Connecticut

July 10, 2007, 8:37 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State officials say more that 1,100 tubes of possibly tainted toothpaste have been confiscated in Connecticut in the past week....

Read the entire story here.

Health Care: Michael Moore Wants To Hear From YOU. Send Him YOUR Health Care Horror Stories.

Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore's new documentary sets out to investigate the American health care system. Michael wants YouTube members to share your Health Care Horror Stories and tell us about an experience you had with your health care insurance company. This is the group where you can post your videos to share with Michael, who will be screening them and sharing them with Congress.

Visit the YouTube SiCKO group to learn more and upload your story!

To see how other Americans rated their insurance companies, click here.

For the latest news and updates about Michael Moore, click here.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Music: Arcade Fire - Neon Bible live in an elevator.

A wonderful piece by Vincent Moon from la blogotheque in Paris (links below). This performance was clipped from a full-length, rare & brilliant performance film that follows AF through the backstage corridors' the elevator and eventually to the crowd and features both Neon Bible & Wake up.Please visit to see this film in length as it was intended, as well as read the great story behind its production:
Vincent Moon