Mural work

I have made a few murals, but nothing compares to doing them outside.  It’s a whole new game for me. I’ve been lucky these past few days – no rain, nice weather, shade.  I can’t complain. This mural is being completed in a beautiful backyard in Washington, D.C.  Of course it features the water bodies that surround DC and run through it – the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, as well as Rock Creek.  This mural will also feature many landmarks and symbols that are important to the people who live here.  Here’s a little bit of my process, I can’t wait to show you the finished piece!

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A blank wall, not for long.
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I first laid out a grid.  Each square is 12×12 inches (one square foot).
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Sketches, drawings, references, and water. (Gotta stay hydrated out there!)
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In some places I wanted to do a little under painting.  This helped me to see how the proportions looked and also allowed me to see how the wall accepted my paint.
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Started to lay in some water and color variations using different shades of blue.    Painting on this kind of a surface is a real challenge.  I use a lot of paint, and tough bristled brushes.
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Some land going in around the water.  Lots of mixing colors right on the surface to create the different values.
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I started drawing and under painting the different symbols and landmarks.
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These will eventually all have color and lots of detail.

Stay tuned! More to come next week.

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