Multidisciplinary Artist, Graphic Designer, & Social Justice Advocate
Proposed and approved design is a new challenge for me. To date, I’ve not gotten as painterly on my murals. mostly due to scale, but also due to technique. Stepping up to the plate to try this.
After buying my paint, I was finally able to set up and work. I had a weekend to do it. Challenge accepted.
To start, since it was such a painterly style, I did not project the design, but divided the wall into visual quadrants, and sketched in using the dominant color
next to try to go for the wood and stone textures. I understand that at this phase it’s more about the base color being applied than texture, but this was a great time to try some textural things. I had fun, and then eventually painted over most of those efforts.
I love this rough texture that spraying water on the almost dry paint caused while dripping and drying. I use that often in my paintings and liked seeing it happening on the wall.
adding the sun and deciding how big it needed to be. Also deciding how I’d like the circular texture to flow.
full coverage of base layers. A lot done in a day. Literally 18 hours from friday eve into saturday eve. I went home to sleep and come back to soften the composition and add the text.
a last look before I go home to sleep.
and then I painted over most of it, because in the end, I didn’t want to see white wall coming through the composition. There is a lot of metallic paint used in the composition, making it shift and change as you walk past it, and at different times of the day.
Sunday afternoon, Daniel, the owner stopped by to find me wrapping up. I took no photos before this, so I was glad to have me catch a couple.
I get right up in there for the details.
Well, there it is. I could futz with it some more, but perfection is not the goal. There is a Wabi-sabi quality to my efforts that I think fits the inner chamber of this Yoga space, as much as the tone of the quote.
I cleaned and packed up my tools, and sat in the space for some time, meditating on the meaning of the work to me, and leaving behind love and good intention with my singing bowl.
Daniel hired a professional photographer to take these last shots of the finished space, and I could not be more thrilled.