I am sharing a photo done a while back of a mural project close to my heart. It was painted for a woman who has probably traveled to very far off places. The special thing about the job was, she gave me total creative freedom and it was the first time in my mural work this happened. This was very foreign to me as all my customers had told me up until this one, exactly what they wanted.
How I arrived at the mural’s subject matter was from an embroidered fabric I found hanging on her wall. I remember how inspiring it was to go around her home to see the art she loved from her travels. Creative freedom is like a gift for an artist and this was my first go at it for a mural. I did not realize at the time what the art on the wall would mean to me but it symbolizes more than a woman standing on a bank in a far off land.
Grey seems to be in the air lately and on my paint palette. I walked into a bathroom where I hoped to paint a mural. The tile was grey and white and the term grisaille came to mind. Grisaille is the French word for grey and is used to describe monochrome paintings often painted in grey tones. I admire the old grey works in history and hoped to get the opportunity try my hand at one.
The mural is a very simple mangrove theme with color applied to the butterfly, spoonbill and kayaker.
I paint murals from time to time and mostly use a bright tropical palette. I have to admit that I could get used to creating in this subdued single-tone background for my mural painting projects.
The spoonbill is the most prominent element in the painting. I’m so glad the homeowners commissioned me for the job. The mural was actually painted right around the corner from my own home. I got to try a new technique while getting to know my very nice neighbors!