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The finished mural...tape is off but dropcloths still in place.
|The beginning! Loose sketch in chalk done with use of opaque projector. See the string? It's to help with perspective/vanishing point/s. Never use graphite pencil or pastels containing oils. These will bleed through acrylics and cause nightmares!|
|Larger view with garden bench on left as per proposed design.|
This mural was to be a landscape with a "step-into" effect (trompe l'oeil) utilizing an archway with columns as the framework. The clients desired a soft Impressionist style with dogwoods, rolling hills beyond a garden and a winding pathway.
Where'd that bench go?
This photo skips ahead quite a lot as I experienced camera focus failure - a horrible malady that gets you when you delay examining photos stored in your camera until it is too late. The background is blocked in as is much of the middle ground. You can see the painter's tape employed for straight edges. You can also see that the bench has disappeared. The painting was getting too busy on the left and with the overlapping details to come, it would have been obscured.
|The bench returns as a ghostly outline...|
Yes, the "stone" block floor is part of the mural. The client's furniture would be covering much of it, so details were "raised" by using this effect. The picture taped up center was to remind me to keep my hues from becoming too intense. I use dozens of references as I paint!! But in final stages, all are put away to allow personal style to come through (one hopes!).
|Columns are underway and more details of background and foreground blocked in.|
Notice how the bench seems to float without its shadow.
|Background trees have been refined and foreground detail added.|
|A large Forsythia was added to make the bench more inviting.|
|The finished mural! - From the other entrance to the room.|