Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dining Room Re-do

Hello Chalk Paint, My Old Friend…

A lot of my painting jobs involve re-inventing old furniture, and chalk paint is one of my favorite ways to do it.

Chalk painted table leg

Curated Home and Lifestyle commissioned me to do this furniture makeover to freshen up a dining room.
All it took was a couple coats of chalk paint to completely transform the look!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Repeat Customer

I love it when a painting client asks me back to do more for them! 
One of my faves is Rita; she's been my client since 2014. I've done several painting jobs for her vacation home on the 6th floor of a high rise across the street from La Jolla cove, with floor-to-ceiling views of the Pacific Ocean.  

Interior with folding screen and chair

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Different Strokes

It’s all Relative

Occasionally a client will ask me to paint a portrait of a special family member, and they’re usually really hairy with bad breath and four-legs. Luckily, some of my best friends fit that description!
As it happens, I’m working on pet portrait commissions for two different clients right now.

My sister Pia Ledy, also a lifelong creative professional, is an accomplished oil painter too. Pet portraits are one of her specialties. 
Though we didn’t start out doing art together, she and I have each been painting for years, and we came to pet portraiture completely independently of one another. It must be in our blood. (You didn’t know there was a gene for painting dogs?)

"Arrow" dog portrait by Denise Cerro
Look how two artists with very different styles can paint the same subject matter with wildly divergent results! 

The black Lab on the left is Arrow, painted by me. 
The Lab on the right is Genny, painted by Pia. 

My style is quick and loose, with visible brush strokes. 
Her style is photo-realist, precise, and rich in detail.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Van Gogh Challenge

70 Card Pickup, Anyone?

My Instagram and Facebook followers have had a taste of this already, but here’s the full scoop.

Kelly Hoernig's 70 day art challenge
I’m doing an online 70 day Art Challenge hosted by mixed-media artist Kelly Hoernig.