I recently posted on facebook that I would like to start doing more mural projects. In response, I have two murals lined up!
The mural process begins with sketches…
The first one will be on the back patio wall of a personal residence. Today, I started working on sketching some ideas. I’m thrilled that I have free reign with the designs, because I really want to work on my own style in mural form. I have more freedom with the first mural. The woman I am painting it for is a collector of art in general and my art in particular. I was excited when I made my first site visit to see her tastes are colorful and eclectic. We have very similar taste!
The second mural is at a local high school. My sketches will have to be approved by the Principal. The high school art teacher (a friend of mine) has a general idea that I will be working with. This mural will be a project to create a sanctuary spot on campus for the large population of immigrant and refugee students to feel safe and welcome. The basic idea there is a spiral with different colored hands around it. I am thinking I will turn the spiral into a giant sunflower with the hands in the middle section around the spiral.
Last week, I visited both sites, made some measurements and spoke with the clients about what they wanted. This week I will make several sketches so there are choices to pick from. Once I have approval, I will gather my supplies and get started! I’m unsure if the High School mural will happen this school year or even in the Summer. It may have to wait until school starts back up in the Fall. We are going to include kids in the process which will be fun! I will have a group of young artists to help with the painting once the design has been drawn.
Would you like me to paint a mural for you? Contact me and let’s talk!
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Getting back to painting after our trip to Austin last week. Sunlight played on Saturday night for our first gig in Austin! We had so much fun and cannot wait to go back again in March!
Meanwhile, back in my studio, I’m working on the last painting for my new portfolio. This is the portfolio I will soon be shopping around to galleries and other art showing venues. This is a short video of some progress I made today. This painting is just about complete, only a few more minor touches.
Once this one is done I will get back to the painting video series I started about a month ago. This series will be painted on 12 x 12″ canvases and each painting will be filmed in a time lapse format. Each painting will be named after a song from our first Sunlight CD and will have each song as background music for the video. The first video was “Moon Circles”.
Not sure just yet which one I will do next. It often depends on my mood when I start a painting. Music is always a part of my painting routine. Honestly, I have never painted without listening to music and I probably never will. I had been searching for a way to tie the two together and this is the series I came up with. Stay tuned for more soon!
Reminder for my local followers/friends, my studio will be open this Saturday for our monthly Open Studios event here at Chroma Studios! Noon-5pm are the hours. Drop by and say hi! I would love to see you!
One more reminder, I am having a studio clearance sale in my Etsy shop for a limited time only! It could end tomorrow, it could end January 1st! I’m not telling, so check it out now! Lots of original art for up to 60% off. I will be posting some prints for sale today too. Lots of great gifts for the art lover on your list! 😉 If you come by my Open Studio this Saturday you will even get an extra gift for purchasing an original painting!
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