The Mural, Complete Post
As I stated a few weeks ago, I recently decided it would be a good idea to paint a mural in the nursery for my baby that will be here by June 27th!
I can happily report, the mural is complete. The nursery is complete (thank you MIKELYNN!), now it is time to wait for the B-A-B-Y!
I have to admit, painting a mural is harder than I thought it would be. It is 6 to 8 times bigger than anything I've ever painted, but who is counting right?
Here is a photo of the Nursery before we started.
Here is a photo of the reference (very loosely used) that I referred to throughout the piece.
Three Photos showing the progress, first photo is pencil only, second photo is after the first night and third photo is after my second painting session.
By this point (5 painting hours in), it was becoming obvious that I had taken on a monster of a job. I didn't think it was going to be this hard to get that much paint up on the wall. While the painting was the rough size I wanted, nothing seemed to be going right. I wasn't finding any joy in the process and I was starting to doubt I could complete the project.
Thankfully, my very patient and supportive wife continued to give me support, (and gentle prodding) so I pushed forward, into the third painting session.....
I still felt something was missing. I was really at the bottom of the project at this point. I knew there was something I needed to do, but it wasn't really presenting itself. I knew the petals had to go/change.
Ahhh, there it is.
I had a very hard time making this step, but I think the piece is better because of it. I compiled a nice timelapse of the whole painting development if you would like to watch for 3:00 minutes.
Additionally, here are a few more photos of the final piece. I have come to peace with the process, I think it turned out ok. Of course there are always things you would do differently if you had it to do all over again, but for this one. I'm good.
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Chris Holt is an Architect and Artist. His art work centers around cityscapes, still life, and abstract work.