Fresco Paintings

Fresco is a technique of painting executed upon freshly-laid, or wet lime plaster. Water soluble oils are used as the vehicle for the pigment to merge with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the piece.

The fresco technique has been employed since antiquity and is closely associated with Italian Renaissance painting.

Rita Schwab has studied fresco painting in Italy and loves this process oriented technique; ‘It has so many options for creativity’.
Fresco can be applied to the wall or a board / Rita often uses recycled doors / either smoothly and consistently or thick with texture and suitable for inlay work.

Rita Schwab has experimented with both achieving amazing results and variations.  She loves to incorporate her nature found objects and other inspiring finds to create a richness in texture and design. The surfaces of Rita’s fresco paintings are dense and complex in their materiality. They are enhanced with organic ingredients such as sand, rocks, ground barks, shells, natural pigments and other interesting found objects.

These paintings are not just brush work on a surface…they are in depth layered works that are process oriented and carefully executed step by step. The recipe used for the fresco is hand mixed and applied with trowels and/or palette knives. The texture is carved, embossed or stenciled. A thick finish such as an acrylic resin or an exterior stone finish is applied to preserve the material, give it a professional finish and make it moisture proof.

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Welcome to my world of Fresco Painting – One of a Kind Originals

Fresco is an ancient technique of applying pigments on fresh plaster, either as wall murals, on ceilings or just plain on wood. I use primarily recycled doors as canvases for my paintings. The wood gets primed, joint compounded and then the fresco is applied. I work with a traditional home-made fresco recipe. Trowels and a variety of tools create a base texture. Found objects can be embedded in the wet fresh fresco mixture. My colors are bright and happy. I start painting with oil washes and natural pigments. Later I add acrylics for an opaque contrast and finish with shiny enamels. The paintings get sealed with either an acrylic resin for a high gloss or an exterior stone sealer for a matte finish.

One of a kind pieces are just that, they are a one time original idea that may be theme related, but not repeated or fitted like a multiple. No two pieces are alike.

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