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Friday, July 22, 2011

Painting a Mural and Gardening = A Busy Summer!








No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth! Summer is a super busy time around here.....taking care of blueberries, tomatoes, peas, okra and lots of flowers. In the meantime I've managed to work in a mural for my grandson, Tyler. He requested a lighthouse scene to match the border of his newly redecorated room. The mural measures about 10 ft wide and 7 ft. high. I'm posting photos showing the progression. The second photo from the top shows the happy "customer" (Tyler is in the middle) with two of his cousins.

How I approach murals:

1. Draw the scene on the wall with pencil
2. I usually work from the upper left down, making sure that the main features are where they need to be.
3. I use artist's acrylics because they have good coverage and dry fast (the fast dry feature is a must when painting in a kid's room)
4. Play some really good music while I'm working... another "must" :-)
5. Seal the mural with a coat of Liquitex Matte Varnish

So sorry I haven't been able to visit lately and see what's going on with your blog... I'll be back as soon as I can to see all the lovely things you're making in your corner of the world!

23 comments:

Gillian said...

My word - you have been busy. What a fantabulous mural - your Grandson is one very lucky little chap.
Our blueberries are now ripening fast - pie-making comes next!

Tam Hess said...

That mural is awesome! I love it!! Thanks for sharing the process too, nice to see how you do it. I need to incorporate step #4 when I work. That's a good one. :)

knittingdragonflies said...

Well sorry to see I've taken you with me in falling off of the earth! Love, love, love this mural! Now where are my paints, I haven't touched them since I moved them to my sewing room! I think I need to reorganize. LOL
Seriously this is unbelievable!
Great work!
vicki

martinealison said...

Une oeuvre gigantesque et titanesque ... je suis certaine que Tyler doit être fier de vous et va dès lors inviter beaucoup de camarades pour leur montrer sa chambre!
je vous félicite, car je sais que ce n'est pas une petite affaire pour avoir effectué pour la jetée du port de la ville de Sainte-Maxime une fresque de 50m2.
BRAVO! un très beau travail dans le mouvement de l'eau.
Gros bisous et dites à Tyler que je veux bien aller dormir dans sa chambre... on doit y faire de beaux rêves!

Gretchen Rettig said...

Excellent! You did such an incredible job and should be very proud of your hard work. Thank you for sharing!

Claire M said...

This is fabulous!! I'm so envious of your grandson having this in his room. I have a real interest in lighthouses so this really got my attention. Looks great! and thanks for sharing about how you did it and the photos along the way.

kay susan said...

Teresa, that mural is fantastic. I especially like the movement in the waves. Beautifully done!

padmaja said...

Hi T, missed interacting with you! I knew that you were silently up to something as splendid as this one!
Nothing is more pleasurable than to make your grand kid happy! Beautiful piece you created for your lucky customer!

Dors said...

WOW WOW Oh my this is so awesome. No wonder you have been so busy.
I am speechless and just have to keep looking at this wonder WIP.

Well done Teresa. lot of hard work and love here.

meera said...

Oh My! What wonderful gift for your grandchild! We can see in the photo how proud he is :) Great job! Thanks also for the w-i-p pics.

Rosie said...

What a lucky boy Tyler is! The mural is amazing - when he is in bed it must feel like being in a ship heading towards dry land:)

Mermaid's Palette said...

Absolutely beautiful, Teresa! Aren't murals fun? You did a fantastic job!

Jan said...

Super job, Teresa! I know your grandson is thrilled!

Susan Roux said...

Very nice Teresa! I like seeing how you went about it. I've never painted a mural. You did a great job with it and also with filling in your space. You have some pretty happy looking fellows. I bet they'll enjoy being at the beach!

Teri C said...

Wowzers!!! This is awesomely beautiful. Major undertaking for sure.

acornmoon said...

How wonderful, what an amazing achievement, I am sure Tyler will love it. The quilt is gorgeous too.

Thanks so much for the offer of help with Indesign.At the moment I am keeping going with the help of my book and my son who visits now and again.

Have a great summer x

hmuxo said...

Oh..my goodness, Teresa!! I LOVE IT!! I will definitely NOT show this to my grandchildren! they'll have me on a ladder tomorrow! absolutely Awesome...GREAT JOB.

Diana said...

Beautiful mural, I know he's so happy with it! take care, Diana

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Beautiful mural and lucky grandson! Hope your summer is a complete success! (I'm just getting caught up with blog reading after our vacation.)

Lynne said...

What a fantastic grandmum he has. I like the quilt too.

Tim Robinson said...

Wow, the mural looks fantastic! It is so adventurous. I think it is always nice when one can share their art with the loved ones, especially if those loved ones are relatives. Excellent work.

Jo Castillo said...

Wow, Teresa, so beautiful.

We hope you fared well during Irene. I think of you, just don't get by here. Hope your health is good, too.

Hugs......

DEB said...

Beautiful work! I painted a mural...several actually, in my sons room of a sea monster, pirate ship, light house, dolphins swimming. That was eleven years ago. For the last seven years, he has had the walls covered with posters! LOL. I hope yours sees the light of day for much longer!

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