2018 was a full and busy year for mural painting. The projects were wide ranging and a pleasure to paint so I though it might be fun to take a look back at the portfolio from last year. As always, you can see a wide range of mural projects on my website http://www.muralworks.com
Happy New Year! I hope that 2019 brings you happiness, health and peace.
The year began with the completion of a very involved wine cellar project. This was an absolute pleasure to create. Below is a photo of the space before it was painted.
Everything in the space with the exception of the floor was painted. Faux brick and plaster around the room served as a backdrop for the wine racks which were installed later.
The arched doorways and wine cellar to the right are trompe l’oeil. The cabinet at the back of the room is painted to look like it has a marquetry design.
Small trompe l’oeil touches finished the space together with “ghost writing” of wine labels and a polished faux finish on the ceiling.
This rather scary bathroom floor trompe l’oeil mural was also completed early in the year. What a fun project and very brave of the client to allow me to play like this. Everything on the floor, including the wood is part of the mural
I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working for the Edmonds Police Department on several projects over the years. This was the latest piece for them, completing a backdrop for media events at the station.
If you followed the mural works on Facebook last year you will have seen this project progress over a series of months. A very involved and thoroughly enjoyable series of murals which created an entire street scene complete with diner, stores and card rooms. Set somewhere in the 1950s, various celebrities made appearances including the “Rat Pack” in the diner seen below.
Also “dining” were Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Cary Grant, David Niven, Grace Kelly and the clients own mother and father from the same era.
One of the most challenging parts of the project was creating the “reflection” of the T Bird in the “chrome” of the diner. The T Bird is a permanent fixture in this location so painting a chrome illusion and reflection made sense. The floor of the space also appears to be reflected.
On the opposite wall, a brick facade was painted together with two card room scenes. In the doorway stands James Dean. The ceiling above is painted to look like the underside of an elevated railway.
The rear section of the space contains storefronts, all with personal relevance to the client.
And Finally at the back of the space. The room is painted to look like it continues into a darkened garage, housing a 1935 Model J Duesenberg.
As the weather got better last year’s major exterior project got going. This building is located in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle, an area which is close to the University of Washington and the Montlake Cut.
Through discussions with the client we decided to create a mural which acknowledged the achievements of the University rowing crew of the 1936 Olympics. The scene depicts the Montlake Bridge as it would have appeared at the time with a University rowing crew practicing on the cut.
One of the highlights of the spring was an opportunity to travel to the International Salon of Decorative Painters in the Netherlands. An intense week of learning and fun surrounded by some of the greatest decorative painters and muralists in the world. There was still time to play though as the piece below attests. A simple still life nailed to a canvas gives an opportunity to recreate the items as a trompe l’oeil painting. Which is the real one?
A unique wall space was an ideal opportunity to paint the towering Multnomah Falls
There were also opportunities for smaller, more personal works like these three pieces for one client. The hiker picture in the first scene is the clients husband with their dog.
The scene painted above their bed was taken from an old print which was given to the client by her mother.
There were also several commercial projects like these two murals for a new restaurant and bar in Lake Forrest Park called “Local 104″…..
….and the new Trader Joe’s in Kirkland…..
….and McMenamins Tacoma.
It’s not often that I get asked to paint other peoples designs but this summertime mural project in Magnolia had some unique challenges. Not only the most textured wall I’ve ever painted on but over a hundred birds in a swirling pattern the full length of the wall.
Similarly, it was an honor to assist a scout with his Eagle project. Designed by the scout himself I merely supplied paint and a little guidance as the troop did the work.
A good friend, an old client, a new home allowed for a subtle landscape backdrop for this dining room.
Around Halloween I began work on a small but involved and very unique bar scene for a families rustic rec room and bar. A cast of dubious characters play poker while sharing shifty glances and a piano player tackles some classics to the left of the scene.
Closing out the year was this wonderfully snowy and festive scene for a clients’ new home in Bonney Lake. A lovely peaceful way to wrap up a hectic but fun filled year of painting. I’m keen to see what 2019 has in store!!!
Have a great year!!!