Modern Mastery: Britt Hallowell

Artists use many Modern Masters products to create extraordinary works of art. One artist we began seeing beautiful work from is Britt Hallowell of Britt Hallowell Studios. She uses our Metal Effects patinas to create a timeworn look for her modern-day canvases.We’re pleased to feature her for our Modern Mastery series.

Artist Britt Hallowell

Britt Hallowell shares that art was always her true passion – she just had to find it! “I was destined to be an artist. My childhood revolved around art and crafts of every nature, but I’m a very practical person and I didn’t think that being “an artist” would afford me being able to pay the bills,” she explains. “So I went to college for deaf studies and worked in different fields, but art was always there for me.” Then fate came calling. “One year I asked for paint supplies for Christmas and that started me down a whirlwind path I never would have expected. I started out just painting for friends and family, then opened an Etsy shop and started selling a few paintings online, then I made the big leap of doing an art festival, and it was there that I was hooked! That first show I sold 18 originals, won Best of Show, and was selected by the owners of the Melting Pot at Easton Town Center to put 24 more originals in their restaurant. Now I’m blessed to do my passion as my sole career. For the past 7 years, I have traveled the country participating in art shows and selling my original paintings to collectors around the world.”

'Revering Tembo' Canvas Art by Britt Hallowell | Modern Masters Rust Finish | Modern Mastery feature

Revering Tembo with a background of the Metal Effects Rust Patina

What is your go-to Modern Masters product and/or color?
Ever since I found the Metal Effects by Modern Masters, I use them and the Rust Activator/Green Patina in pretty much every painting I create!

'Classics and Literature' Art Canvas created with various Metal Effects patinas | Beautiful artistry by Britt Hallowell Studios

Canvas tiger art by Britt Hallowell Art with Modern Masters Metal Effects patina | Rust Art | Modern Mastery feature

Triptych entitled 'Waiting for Spring' with the Metal Effects Copper, Bronze, and Rust Patinas | Modern Mastery feature on artist Britt Hallowell

Britt produces singular and triptych pieces in custom sizes.

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?
The Metal Effects opened up a whole new world for my paintings. I love seeing how the reactive paints will rust and patina. It’s actually rather addictive watching the paintings change before my very eyes – literally the only time it’s fun to watch paint dry. It also presents a challenge as I never know what I’ll get, and that is exciting to stretch the confines of what you are given. There is something so beautiful about taking rust – something that most people try to prevent – and turning it into a work of art that people want to look at every day. Another interesting aspect is that nothing can ever really be duplicated. Everything from humidity, temperature and the shape of my boards will impact one painting from the next. I love knowing the every single painting is absolutely a one of a kind.

Canvas horse art piece entitled An Untameable Heart painted and created by Britt Hallowell Art with the Metal Effects Rust Finish by Modern Masters | Equestrian Art Canvas | Modern Mastery feature

An Untameable Heart with the Metal Effects Rust Finish

Canvas entitled 'In a World' | Background created with Metal Effects Green Patina and the Words are created with the Metal Effects Rust Patina | Modern Masters | Modern Mastery feature on artist Britt Hallowell

I have recently published my first children’s book called What Makes You Special?. It’s a story, written and illustrated by myself, to encourage kids that it’s ok to be unique. We don’t all fit the same mold, and it’s our differences that make us who we are. I am first and foremost a Mom. My daughter and my art define me. I was inspired to create this story after I painted my original painting titled Wishing on Stars: The Unicorn of the Seas, featuring Little Narwhal, the hero of the story. Being a bit of an “ugly duckling” as a kid and having a daughter of my own now, I am increasingly concerned with the amount of bullying children are enduring and how harsh society can be to those who do not conform to its standards. If even one child reads this book and feels encouraged that he or she does not need to change who they are, then the book has been a success. I’m currently working on a second book that will teach kids to explore their own unique talents and do what they love. The illustrations in this book will feature Modern Masters Metal Effects.

What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited?
Definitely Kenya. I don’t think it’s possible to go to Africa without leaving part of your heart there. That’s why I think so many of my paintings reflect African animals. I’ve also been to Ireland and Alaska. Next on the bucket list is Thailand, China, Peru and hopefully Antarctica one day.

Rust and Acrylic Canvas entitled 'Serengeti Rockstar' painted and created by artist Britt Hallowell with the help of Metal Effects Reactive Finishes by Modern Masters | Modern Mastery feature

Serengeti Rockstar with the Metal Effects Rust Patina

Isn’t her artistry incredible? We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing her stunning works. Be sure to view more on her Britt Hallowell Studios website and, of course, keep up with her on Facebook and Instagram. Many thanks to Britt for sharing her art, knowledge, and love of Modern Masters with us. Stay inspired, everyone!

The Allure of Copper

Copper is having a moment and looks to still be a strong color in design for 2018. It’s no wonder, of course, as the metallic hue is both warm and alluring. The soft and reflective glow of Copper is also one that is easily adaptable into any decor scheme and works well with organic elements, such as wood and marble, and colors such as blush and gray. We’ve spied a few beautiful Modern Masters projects evoking this luxe metallic shade and thought to share them with you.

Beautiful Faux Copper Hood created by Atlanta, GA decorative artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface Designs | Metallic Paint Collection by Modern Masters | Photography by Mary Powell

This beautiful faux copper range hood was created by Atlanta, GA based decorative artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface Design. She used our Metallic Paint Collection to help create the stunning finish in this showhouse kitchen. Photography by Mary Powell.

Vibrant and colorful space designed by Bailey Li Interiors | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Stunning Copper Inspired Spaces

New York City-based Interior decorator Bailey Li incorporated several shades of golds and coppers in this funky, vibrant, and colorful space for a fashionably bohemian client.

Special Event Table decorated with several pieces painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

Paint and paper artist Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint used Copper Penny Metallic Paint to enhance the mason jars, chargers, table runner, and even the menu of this beautiful wedding event table. Gorgeous!

Gorgeous dining room in coppers and golds designed by Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl | The beautiful plaster finish on the ceiling was created with Modern Masters Venetian Plaster

Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl in Charlotte, NC, used a coppers, golds, and burnt orange color scheme to create a ‘wow’ dining room space for a client. The client was particularly enamored of Venetian Plaster and she says, “We sourced an awesome product from Modern Masters and it turned out to be beautiful”. See more of the beautiful dining room on Cheryl’s blog.

Oxidized Garden Trough Planters with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Beautiful patina project by Joy of The Aspiring Home blog

Joy of The Aspiring Home blog has always loved gardening and wanted beautiful, aged copper horse trough planters for her garden. By using the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Green Patina Aging Solution from our Metal Effects line, she was able to create the high-end look for less.

Copper and Patina Wood Pallet Heart by Vintage Rejuvenations | Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas

Vintage Rejuvenations creates hanging wall art pieces with pallet and reclaimed woods and this 12″ heart has a little patina courtesy of our Metal Effects. Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest impact.

Coppery rust pumpkins created by Table & Hearth | Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish

Emily is the talented blogger at Table & Hearth and she created these coppery rust pumpkins with the help of our Metal Effects. See her Simple Rusty Fall Pumpkins tutorial post for more beautiful pics and all the how-to details.

Stunningly pretty geometric Copper and Black concrete blocks for your garden | Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

These super pretty geometric metallic concrete blocks were created with the help of both our Black Pearl and Copper Penny Metallic Paints. They are simple and affordable to make! See the DIY Metallic Concrete Blocks tutorial by Mary Childs of Focal Points.

Warm and Alluring Copper Ceiling by Ev & Brooks | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Copper Inspired Spaces

This beautiful ceiling is painted with the help of our Metallic Paint Collection by the talented decorative painting firm of Ev & Brooks Designs. Imagine the beautiful glow when the light fixture is lit up!

What do you thing of these copper inspired spaces and surfaces? If you are looking to incorporate this enticing hue into your projects, there are some beautiful copper colorations to consider with the Modern Masters product lines. Both our Matte Metallics and our Metallic Paint Collection boasts Copper, Copper Penny, and Antique Copper. The Rust Finish of our Metal Effects is a patina but is also a close cousin to this beautiful hue. Try Bronze from our Metallic Plasters as it the shade casts a beautiful warm glow of copper mixed with bronze. Of course, we’d love to see your beautiful Modern Masters projects so share them with us via projects@modernmasters.com or use the #modernmasters hashtag on social!

Holiday Windows with Metal Effects!

We recently featured the incredible decorative artist Heather Jozak in our Modern Mastery series. She works in the New York metro area as well as New Jersey and Connecticut and shared a huge project her company completed for Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.

Bergdorf Goodman holidays windows with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Stunning project by Heather Jozak Studios

Her company was hired to decorative paint an entire holiday window for Bergdorf Goodman’s famous windows during the last winter season. She used our Metal Effects in both blue and green patinas.

Artist Heather Jozak working on creating the holiday windows for Bergdorf Goodman with the help of Modern Masters Metal Effects patinas | Modern Masters blog feature

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas | Project: Bergdorf Goodman Christmas Windows by Heather Jozak Studios

It turned out spectacular, don’t you think? Be sure to keep up with her company, Heather Jozak Studios, on both Instagram and Facebook for more of her incredible work. Thank you for sharing your project, Heather, and bringing us more holiday spirit!

Holiday Window at Bergdorf Goodman | Incredible project by Heather Jozak Studios in NYC with the help of Modern Masters Metal Effects