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!

A blank wall, not for long.
I first laid out a grid.  Each square is 12×12 inches (one square foot).
Sketches, drawings, references, and water. (Gotta stay hydrated out there!)
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.
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.
Some land going in around the water.  Lots of mixing colors right on the surface to create the different values.
I started drawing and under painting the different symbols and landmarks.
These will eventually all have color and lots of detail.

Stay tuned! More to come next week.

An over due update

The wall has been going through some changes these last few weeks.  There’s been some problem solving, much needed breaks, and some breakthroughs.  I’m really having fun with this project and the idea has taken on a different kind of significance and study.  I feel like it’s moving forward.

So with the much needed breaks I’ve also been working on a few other paintings to keep it interesting.  I’ve ordered more wood to keep going on a series of smaller abstractions and of course wood panels.


The collage work, it’s never ending, but so worth the effort.
I need breaks, so I’m working on a couple of others.  This is one is one masonite board, and has a super slick surface.
Oh, and I’m working on some origami paper, using maps as a guide to make the lines on the paper.
Folding them into cranes.  This has been a long process, but I finally found the right paper and the right ink.
The wall, as it shifts.
Back to making origami paper.
Sometimes you need a walk in the woods to reset.  And I still can’t get away from the impressions of nature.
More map design on paper.
Pre-treating the birch panels for the next project.
Close up of collage.
This is how it looked earlier in the week, you can see the small red piece in the foreground.
Still shape shifting the collage.
Decided to add lines.  It’s going to take some time, but I’m happy with it so far.
Potomac River Basin in progress.
More shifting, more color, more lines.  Nowhere near completion.