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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuscany Mural








I think I'm finished... but reserve the right to go back and tweak if it seems necessary after it has sit for a while! I get a clearer perspective on a piece when I haven't seen it for some time... makes it easier to spot problem areas.

The mural is just a little larger than 8ft wide x 6.5 ft high and is done in artist grade acrylics... mostly Liquitex. The colors in the photos vary somewhat because they were taken at different times during the day. The last two photos are the most accurate color representation.

Working method: I drew the scene in pencil, stepping back frequently so I could get a view of how it looked from across the room (which is the way most people will first see it). I also stepped back from the painting regularly while painting; and the homeowner had a conveniently positioned mirror on the wall across from the mural so I could also get a great mirror view while working! I then started painting in the upper left hand corner and began to work my way across and down. I used a variety of techniques including brush painting, sponge painting, stippling and glazing.

If no tweaking seems necessary the final step will be sealing the mural with Liquitex Matte Varnish. Oh, and I need to sign it before I varnish it - so easy to forget that!

21 comments:

Gary Keimig said...

great going Teresa. It looks great. Wasa thinking of you and your husband during the weekend concerts here in Dubois. Ian Tyson was on his 5th concert in a week. What a schedual and he has to be 80 years old.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Very nice, Teresa! You are multi-talented!

Cathy Gatland said...

What a mammoth job Teresa, and beautifully done - I'm sure the owner is very happy! Love those rolling hills!

Laure Ferlita said...

Lovely done, Ms. T!! You've done yourself proud!!

Valerie Jones said...

This is beautiful, Teresa!!

Jan said...

It looks really good, Teresa! The furnishings really coordinate with it too - I suppose that was planned though.

Cathyann said...

Good job, Teresa!..take a rest and a bow.:-)

Claire M said...

Wow! I'm blown away by this. What a treat it would be to eat in this dining room with the mural on the wally. My imagination would just take off! Gorgeous.

P.S. It was very interesting to see the photos of the different steps along the way. What a journey!

Simone said...

It is a gorgeous mural Teresa. I feel I could walk straight into the painting and be in Tuscany the other side!

Pat said...

Beautiful job, Teresa xx

knittingdragonflies said...

Wow! That looks fabulous! I think the colors also go well with the room! Now I want to get back to my painting!
Vicki

sue said...

I commented on this yesterday but guess I must have hit the 'return' button before doing the 'word verification' thinggy. Sorry!

This is stunning Teresa - I love the placement of the light above the picture - looks as though the sunlight is streaming through those hills!!

How many hours/days did this piece take you?

Jo Castillo said...

Wow! Super job. It fits so well in the room. For sure, don't forget to sign it.

padmaja said...

I knew the outcome of your effort would be this great and you did not disappoint me Teresa! It makes a lovely view for the whole room and it has undoubtedly raised the energy of the room ( and the market value of the house :-))I know what you mean, when you say that you stay away from it a few days and may want to add more touches,, I do it all the time! Now you take a well deserved rest before you start your next work:-)

Rosie said...

Looks like very hard work, Teresa but the end result is splendid and looks wonderful in the room setting:)

Suzanne said...

I love your mural! You can be very proud of yourself Teresa!
It makes the room very special.

Fay Akers said...

Isn't it fun to work on large open surface. It looks wonderful. Forgetting to sign, don't you just hate that. I get it matted and framed and then see I forgot and then I have to take it out and redo.

Krista Meister said...

Wowee, you sure have been busy, girl! What a beautiful complement to an already well decorated house. What a great mural!!!

-Krista

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smArtee said...

Oh Wow ....this is so beautiful...I so love it ...and it is perfect for the style of the room...just amazing....Thanks for sharing that its very inspirational..its got me thinking..!

Toemailer said...

Very nice work!

Evelyn said...

Wow, good work!

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