Tuesday, February 26, 2008

and a mural is DONE...

two days! 14 hours! completion!
isn't it just so sweet?! (am i allowed to say that about my own work?)
i'm quite pleased with the final mural. particularly the crew alligators, the birdies on the wire and the sweet birds listening to the stories being shared from the family photo album.
i tried to include a lot of details for little Nate to explore as he grows up (that was always the kind of art i liked most... still do! the kind that keeps pulling you back in).

i like the color a lot too.

i tried a few new things with this mural and i think they worked out well. i usually measure and calculate and hand render everything from the sketch (which is always very polished) to the wall... but i invested in an overhead projector, which aside from just being fun to have (if not bulky and oversized) is very helpful to muraling! one thing i noticed is how much freer it made me, in terms of "painterly" painting--- not having to stay within pre-drawn lines (but rather using the projected image as a guide which i could turn on and off at will) and then being able to determine when to outline, if ever--- i think there's more depth in this piece because of it.



SO, you might think that i, having spent two days bent awkwardly, straining and stretching and crouching would be done with murals for a little while... well, no. i'm actually starting a new one at the walters art museum this coming monday. i wont tell you what of, but i will keep you posted. or maybe i wont and you'll have to bring your kids to the Family Art Center to find out. yes. i like that. that's what i'll do. xoxo, danamarie

5 comments:

robyn fabsits said...

I'm impressed it took just 2 days and 14 hrs. My back would not have lasted. Looks awesome!
FYI Mason is super cute : )

greenstarstudio said...

thank you miss robyn! my back didn't really "last" per se, but i have begun making it a habit to get a massage after i finish a mural, so a little incentive will convince your spine to stick it out!

greenstarstudio said...

thank you miss robyn! my back didn't really "last" per se, but i have begun making it a habit to get a massage after i finish a mural, so a little incentive will convince your spine to stick it out!

debby said...

love your style! the mural is absolutely awesome. i worked at the walters and totally miss it. look forward to seeing your mural next time i'm in town.

Emily Blumenthal said...

this is great! when do you want to paint birdies and bunnies at the Walters? we need them too!