I’ve said before the cool thing about painting commissioned murals is the fact that I can make them personal for my clients. It’s like going to the hairdresser – they take an hour to do your hair, but you’re the one who has to live with it!
Same with painting. I don’t always agree with my clients’ choices. Or, at least, it wouldn’t be my style choice. But it’s their home, and I always try to honor that.
The clients’ requests in this room were to make it personal and add these elements -
- a vista of the Twin Sisters mountains in Fairfield, CA where the woman grew up and had fond memories
- something that related to the man’s work as a fire chief
- some purple to tie in their bedding
- and something that represented her love of the SF Giants
So the first thing was to apply a simple color wash over the walls. Then add some grout lines & cracks.
For color washes I simply mix paint with glaze and water then apply it with rags. A little on, a little off. When the walls have ‘knock down’ texture, it’s even simpler because the texture adds another dimension.
I bring in the Hubster for color washes. At 6’4”, he can really rock! Plus, even now, I still tend to get too artsy-fartsy and take waaay too long.
I even let him ‘line out’ the faux brick. He was a little nervous, but he did just fine.
Next came the three arches over the bed with the mountains. They didn’t want the arches to be exact – more freeform, which worked for me.
Once I had the arches lined out, I painted in the mountains. She wanted a slight sunset because that’s what you’d see if there were actual windows on this wall.
Next came the touches of purple. Just a few loose vines peeking out of the cracks with purple posies did the trick.
If you add a little watered down shading under the vines, it makes them look dimensional.
Then on to ‘her’ side. Now, the San Francisco Giants team colors are orange & black. That wasn’t going to work here. But she had a little baseball cap that was pink. Perfect!
The sunflower seeds were my added touch. I’ve never been to a baseball game without them.
For ‘his’ side it had to be something from his work. He brought me his actual ax that he’s used for 30 years. Darn! I wish I had a picture of the actual thing. But you get the idea.
The red paint had chipped from his many wonderful years of saving others. I also added his shield as a surprise.
And voila! His & Hers!
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