9 Amazingly Real Decorative Paintings

Posted by on May 03, 2015

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Decorative painting utilizes a variety of techniques and media to finish functional and non-functional surfaces. Applied with creativity, discipline and craftsmanship, decorative paintings can be so lifelike, it's hard to believe you're looking at paint on a canvas or household item. Contemporary decorative painting embraces folk art styles of Europe and Mexico as well as early American approaches such as stenciling, faux finishing and graining.

Check out 9 incredible decorative paintings below. 

If you're near greater Chicago, stop by the Society of Decorative Painters’ Conference & Expo to see more eye-catching works of art. The Expo will be at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., Thursday, May 14 to Saturday, May 16, 2015. May 16 is Family Fun Day (www.sdpfamilyfunday.org), a day of crafting activities for adults and kids with learn-to-paint demos and more.

1. Purrfect fur.

decorative painting cat
Cat Under the Sun – By Ana Bernabe

2. Trunk and in love.

elephant painting
Elephant Box – By Ana Bernabe

3. Hello, Wilbur!

decorative horse painting
Stabled for the Night – By Mabel Blanco

4. Hey, someone put feathers on my canvas!

decorative bird painting
Plumage of the Peacock – By Avis Poyhonen

5. Don’t eat the flowers.

flowers decorative painting
Blues of Summer – By Maureen J. Baker

6. Who drank all my wine?

decorative painting wine
Good Flavors – By Diana Mercado

7. Can you pass the pepper?

pepper grind
Zentangle in Oils – By Cheri Rol MDA

8. Your glasses are spying on you.

tiger decorative painting
Tiger’s Eye Eyeglass Case – By Sue Beckerton

9. Don’t get pricked!

desert flower painting
Desert in Bloom – By Helena Rizzaro Andrejev

These images originally appeared in The Decorative Painter.

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