About Lottie’s Creative Living

lottie painting at her desk

On finishing my degree in Philosophy and Theology at Oxford, I was desperate to work with my hands; I had spent too many years in abstraction.

I found James Booth, a decorative artist in my area, in the Yellow Pages and boldly rang him up to ask if he would take me on as an apprentice. James was a brilliant, committed and exacting teacher, who took time to teach me the ropes at his kitchen table. He even travelled to London with me to purchase specialist brushes.

Before long I became conversant in the oil-based finishes that were popular in the 1990s; simple finishes such as stippling, ragging, dragging, but also the faux finishes imitating various types of stone and grains of wood. In due course I embarked on projects involving murals and trompe l’oeil.

With Farrow and Ball in the ascendant, the fashion changed to plain finishes in historical colours. I had a baby.

How I work

In recent years there have been various advantageous changes, both technical and stylistically. The development of good quality water-based paints makes the job much less hazardous to both the painter and the environment. Since the days of stripped pine, painted furniture has made a spectacular come-back and this is now my main creative endeavour. Each piece I work on is unique. I have no uniform approach, but respond to each particular item, with finishes that range from the ‘distressed’ look to chinoiserie. I use Farrow and Ball’s ecological eggshell, Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan and artists’ acrylics to produce a desired effect.
I have always hoped to be able to make a creative living and you will encounter various other projects on these pages such as paintings and ceramic collages.

Upcycled Charity

I like to think that in my business I am doing my bit for the environment and charitable causes. Most of my furniture is sourced from local charity shops, supporting St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester and Emaus, Winchester in particular. I will choose a piece which has a good shape and structure, but an irreparable finish and will give it a new lease of life.

The Dutch Touch

Cake stand in traditional Dutch china

Cake stand in Dutch 'Boerenbont'

A final ingredient is my patriotic zest for things Dutch. I grew up in The Hague and still visit Holland several times a year, returning with items I have picked up in  street markets. The Dutch have a strong visual identity and almost any household item can be bought dressed in a traditional Dutch design.

I hope you will enjoy your visit.