On Friday morning, I installed a small mural
for a delightful client
who has transformed her lakeside home
into one with European flair.
My part of the project was to paint a vineyard scene
for a false window in the lower level game room.
After pouring over photos from her trips to Italy ,
the client chose a very muted pastoral scene
as an inspiration for the mural.
While the carpenters and painters finished their jobs,
I painted the mural in my workshop.
Here's how it grew:
Not wanting to paint on a fresh, white canvas,
I first "dirtied" it up
with a rub of earthy browns and umbers.
This under-painting gives depth and texture
to the colors that will be painted on top.
Using the client's photo as a guide,
the colors and shapes were washed in.
At this stage, things are rough
and I don't like anyone to see -
but I did promise to send e-mail photos to the client
so she could see the progress every step of the way....
I guess you can see them, too!
Little by little, the scene took shape.
I confess that when I'm painting,
there is always a point of discouragement
when I feel no progress is being made.
Things seem to be going very sl-o-o-wly.
This picture is of that moment.
That's when I fidget,
brew yet another cup of tea
and scrounge the cupboard
for any morsel of forgotten chocolate.
I'll distract myself by doing the most useless things -
sharpening all the colored pencils,
reorganizing the shelves of art books,
throwing out old paint,
and cleaning the studio's crusty sink.
After that burst of restless energy,
I settle back to work.
Soon the mural is ready for the client's final approval.
It didn't take long at all!
The carpenter left a space in the wall to hang the mural.
Isn't the stacked brick beautiful?
The mural was dry-mounted onto a piece of 1/4" luan board
cut to the shape of the opening.
Hoping for the best, I popped it into place.
Only a small adjustment was needed for a perfect fit.
Here's a close up of how the mural fit into ine brick opening.
So now, when family and friends gather in the game room,
they can enjoy a vacation scene.