Mural Painting in Sacramento
This was an out-of-town mural. Homeowners requested an outdoor mural of their honeymoon view of Lake Como, Italy. They provided three different photos in which I combined to form a composition.
When painting out-of-town, always expect the unexpected. A heat wave came, followed by rain, and a few important brushes were forgotton at home. Night work was neccessary to complete the mural in my six day excursion. Critters roamed the yard at night, but is was the skunk that was spotted that shut down the late night progress immediately.
Overall, it was a very fun and challenging experience! Attached are the progression photos from beginning to end.
Day 1. Using a level and measuring tape I formed a 3′x4′ rectangle, taped the borders, and primed with a water based primer for fast drying.
Day 2. Subject was drawn onto wall with a brush, using a light wash of acrylic burnt umber paint. Sky, mountains, and partial lake was completed.
Day 3. Built a large part of the foreground until interupted with rain. Boats and water detail was added each night.
Day 4. Finished foreground and began building the 3-D window effect.
Day 5. Using multiple colors of brown paint and a worn out brush, window sill was texturized to look like brick. Multi-colored grout lines were added last.
Homeowner will seal painting with two to three coats of satin exterior Varathane to protect from elements.