For the love of the craft. Jamie and Casey Davis – brothers, and founders of Portola Paints and Glazes have an eye for architecture and for color. I think it’s cool that their Dad was a high-end builder, their appreciation for craftsmanship and artistry growing from this exposure. Each taking it in their own direction – one as a fine artist, the other a photographer, before coming together to start Portola. Even the name is cool, but I would expect nothing less from a company based in Cali.
Undoubtably these California roots fed their knowledge and respect for sustainability. Their paints, glazes, clays and washes are almost entirely green. All the acrylics are zero VOC’s though their enamels do contain low levels, out of necessity – shhh.
They make them here in the good old USA, they hand mix them (quality control at its finest) and even hand paint the sample decks before mailing them out to you. From smooth to textured, pearlescent to trowel finished, they marry old world tradition with sustainable tech and innovation. Paints that take on the appearance of patinated copper and aged iron, to the weathered lime washed wonder of the Mediterranean.
They offer up the look of Venetian plaster in the form of their Roman Clay – though buyer be ware – this is trowel or putty knife applied, so the skill of the craftsman WILL make a difference. The last thing you want is to pay a lot of loot and have it look like porridge. Oy vey. This is for a property yet to be known to me, but it remains a happy visitor in my rich fantasy life where at the end of all this flipping I’ve become flush with cash and fame (not likely) and have the money to buy a home the size of at least three of my tiny flips put together. That Roman Clay will adorn the walls of the entry, and be the wow I’ve been waiting for.
Until then, I am intrigued, though admittedly a little nervous about their semi-gloss and sandstone finish paints. These have a slightly textured surface. They show the brushstrokes and give the impression of a silk fabric – albeit a slight one. It interests me still, particularly when I consider how it might look side-by-side with a high gloss. They carry a hybrid enamel, which I envision on a ceiling, the moldings, base and/or door, and juxtaposed against this slightly textured sandstone wall. Too much shine, too many hard surfaces, too much perfection is simply uninteresting. Appreciation grows when juxtaposed. I’m so clever with my rhyming today, don’t you think?
Two final things that will have me stepping out on my boyfriend Ben (Moore that is, and not my real boyfriend) support and pride in, and for the small business owner, they really do make our world go round, and the luscious names they have assigned to their pretty little palette….El Mirage, Fountain Stone, Blue Moon, Sweet Water, Gypsy Eyes, Sayulita (a place that I’ve been and loved), Magic Potion, Show time and Simmer Down.
I could just drown in those lovely names. Happy Sunday.