This colorful ocean mural was commissioned by a Scottsdale Pediatrician Office. They wished to have a large 4′ x 14′ mural with lot’s of happy underwater sea critters for their clients to enjoy. This mural was painted on 2 primed sections of MDF board. Background wall color was carefully selected to compliment mural. Completed mural was glazed with 3 coats of Polyurethane and attached to the wall.
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 forgotten 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.
Step 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.
Step 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.
Step 3. Built a large part of the foreground until interrupted with rain. Boats and water detail was added each night.
Step 4. Finished foreground and began building the 3-D window effect.
Step 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.