Well, you could say this mural was a labor of love....but really it was so much fun and I love to paint!
A friend of mine & Jan's, Sherrie, had her 55th birthday last August, and I wanted to do something really special. And as Jan can tell you Sherrie is a little sweetie...and creative too. Sherrie had seen some of the hand painting I have done at my house and wanted to pay me to do a mural.So I gave her a ROZ ( that's me) Gift Certificate for her birthday to paint the mural...all she needed was to buy paint.
(You can click on the photos to see more details!)
Sherrie showed me some photos of what she wanted. I drew up a drawing to show her & her husband, Jim. Then it was time to get started. First I projected the drawing on to the wall and got the lines roughed in. Started with painting the stonework to match up to the fireplace wall in the living room (see the last picture.). Next the archway. That was a lot of fun making it look 3-D, like you were really look through to the arch.
(I love the way the light falls on the bottom bricks--it looks so REAL-Jan)
The Bougainvillea was a challenge....getting the color right. Sherrie found a photo of the perfect color Bougainvillea then it fell into place.
The sky, and landscape was next and went smoothly. I had a lot of fun with the color of the Villa....like the door and windows?
Last, the little fountain.....the hardest thing about that was trying to get it to scale and the placement of it. Once that was set it was time to break out the tiny brushes...and a real steady hand!