A look back at 2018

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.

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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. melwc5

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.melwc6melwc7

Small trompe l’oeil touches finished the space together with “ghost writing” of wine labels and a polished faux finish on the ceiling.

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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 mural20180212_113634

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. 20180309_161320

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. 20180315_105207

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.20180315_100026

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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.

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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.melfin9

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The rear section of the space contains storefronts, all with personal relevance to the client.20181025_094619

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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.melfin10

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. 20180515_071959_hdr

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. 20180525_161755

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?m5

A unique wall space was an ideal opportunity to paint the towering Multnomah Falls20180529_082020

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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.20180716_16580320180717_153137

The scene painted above their bed was taken from an old print which was given to the client by her mother.20180718_144446

There were also several commercial projects like these two murals for a new restaurant and bar in Lake Forrest Park called “Local 104″…..

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….and the new Trader Joe’s in Kirkland…..joe2.jpgjoe7joe11.jpgjoe14.jpg

….and McMenamins Tacoma.m7 copy

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.

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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.20180714_154730_hdr

A good friend, an old client, a new home allowed for a subtle landscape backdrop for this dining room.20180611_182034

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.20181107_152432

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!!!20181129_130810~3 (2)

Have a great year!!!

Relatively Smaller Works

My new show opens at Cole Gallery Edmonds on September 20th 2018. This new collection will feature smaller works than usual for me (with the exception of 1) and will be hung for viewing in time for the Edmonds Art Studio Tour which occurs during the weekend of September 15th and 16th. Below is the line up of the new show. The piece “Family and Friends” will be on display in the studio throughout the tour. I hope you can join us for the tour (information at http://www.edmondsartstudiotour.com) or on third Thursday Artwalk at Cole Gallery! (www.colegallery.net)

You can see all my available work and prices at http://www.andyeccleshall.com

“Epiphany” 36 x 72 oil on canvas

Epiphany 36 x 72 oil on canvas $6,950

 

“Family and Friends” 18 x 24 oil on panel

Family and friends (Anton's Coos) 24 x 18 oil on panel $2,300

 

“Liquid Skykomish Sunshine” 24 x 30 oil on canvas

Liquid Skykomish Sunshine 24 x 30 oil on canvas $2,950

 

“Midnight Mountain” 24 x 30 oil on canvas

Midnight Mountain (Shuksan) 24 x 30 oil on canvas $2,950

 

“Midnight Rendezvous” 24 x 30 oil on canvas

Midnight Rendezvous 24 x 30 oil on canvas $2,950

 

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“Morning Shower” 36 x 36 oil on canvas

Morning Shower 36 x 36 oil on canvas $4,950

 

“Santomauro Sky” 18 x 24 oil on panel

Santomauro Sky 18 x 24 oil on panel $2,300

 

“Silver twilight” 14 x 18 oil on panel

Silver Twilight 14 x 18 oil on panel $1,600

 

“Sombrio Beach” 18 x 36 oil on canvas

Sombrio Beach 18 x 36 oil on canvas $2,950

 

“Sweet Serenity” 24 x 24 oil on canvas

sweet serenity 24 x 24 oil on canvas $2,700

Trompe L’oeil Wine Cellar!!!!

2017 was a great year for wine cellar murals! I had the opportunity to create two new rooms and completely indulge myself in details.

I thought it would be fun to follow the process of one of these two rooms with some before/after and progress shots. If you have any questions about these murals or would like to investigate the possibility of transforming your own space you can always reach me at ajeccleshall@gmail.com and see a collection of the mural work at http://www.muralworks.com

Below is a shot of the room as it looked before work commenced. The future positions of the wine racks have been located and the floor tile has been selected. Once we’ve established the design for the mural I  begin to lay out viewing angles and perspective.

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Here you can see the early stages of the trompe l’oeil wine cellar. The string is attached to a push pin which marks the vanishing point for this part of the mural. This vanishing point is based on the viewing angle as you first enter the room.

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At this stage many of the details within this portion of the mural are established. The wine bottles and kegs are labeled with names that have particular meaning to the client. The floor is based in and will wait for the installation of the actual tile before being matched to the color and pattern.

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In this shot you can see how the room is laying out. The cabinet at the back of the room is unpainted at this stage. The two arched doorways on either side, together with the suggestion of a storage space behind them are painted onto the wall. The trim has been added around the trompe l’oeil wine cellar and the woodwork is ready to be faux painted.

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The faux wood style is drawn from other pre-existing wood elements in the area.

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The trim is complete and the trompe l’oeil hardware has been added to the doors.

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Here’s a close up shot of some of the hardware details.

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Work begins on the cabinet.

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Within the panels of the cabinet I’ve painted faux marquetry. (This was a ton of fun by the way).

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Now that the tile has been installed I can begin laying out the pattern on the floor of the trompe l’oeil wine cellar.

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With the floor transition is made, paying careful attention to color matching and perspective, I can now begin to focus on the walls. The whole space will be painted to look like old stucco and brick. I begin by scumbling over the entire surface.

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Here is the finished effect of brick and stucco.

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In another corner I add another fun trompe l’oeil feature.

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And finally…the ceiling. The ceiling is painted to look like old plaster. I wanted to add some intrigue but did not want to cause any distractions or overwhelm the space with too many more details. I decided to add some “ghost writing” by layering a series of old wine label style motifs and washing back over them with the ceiling colors. You really have to look carefully to spot these which is exactly what I was going for.

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And finally, with the wine racks installed, the room is complete. IMG_4595IMG_4610

This project took a total of about three and a half weeks to complete.

Another wine cellar from last year had it’s own set of unique challenges. The floor of the space is beautifully tiled and made for an interesting transition into the wall. This was an incredibly fun challenge. Following the painting of these murals the room is being trimmed out with aged wood which will complete the effect. Once the room is finished I will return to take final photos.

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The style for this room is old west/pioneer saloon. The entire space will be turned into a bar room and the murals act as extensions of the space. In the image above, a corridor acts as wine storage with another series of rooms beyond. The light coming through the windows on the left adds another interesting element and help with the sense of perspective and distance.

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In this mural, an entire bar has been added. The actual bar in the room will be built to reflect the style of the one in the mural, keeping the same theme and style throughout the space.

Thank you for visiting the blog today. If you would like to see more, please consider visiting my website http://www.muralworks.com . I’m always happy to talk with you about your project and to see what creative mischief we can get up to! Have fun!

Andy

 

It’s Show Time!!!

….in more ways than one!

Thursday February 16th my new show “Breathe” opens at Cole Gallery in downtown Edmonds. I’ll be there from 5-8 so if you’re in the area please stop in and say hi! You can preview the whole show on my fine art website http://www.andyeccleshall.com

And the on Saturday February 18th the Seattle Home Show opens at Century Link in Seattle. We’re in booth 1432 again and will have some new pieces on display. We also have a brand new website up at http://www.muralworks.com Check it out and let me know what you think!

The year is off to a busy start which is great! There’s some exciting new projects coming up and I’ll get back to posting more frequent blogs, I’ve been a little remiss of late.

I look forward to receiving feedback as we go along so please feel free to message me or email me directly at ajeccleshall@gmail.com

Bye for now!

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Holiday Print Sale

Welcome to the holiday season!!

Through the end of December I’m offering a 33% price reduction on two of my most popular winter scenes. Both pieces are square format and are available on stretched canvas or watercolor paper in the following sizes/prices for the month of December only. If you need the print to be shipped there may be an additional charge.

Please contact me at ajeccleshall@gmail.com with any questions or if you would like to place an order.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

silent light 40x40 acrylic on canvas

“Silent Light”

 

winter birch 36x36 acrylic on canvas $3550

“Winter Birch”

 

12 x 12   on watercolor paper $45     on stretched canvas $155

20 x 20 on watercolor paper $175   on stretched canvas $375

30 x 30  on watercolor paper $270   on stretched canvas $495

36 x 36 on watercolor paper $390    on stretched canvas $650

 

Commissioning a commission…

As a full time working artist I wear a several hats. I am a small business owner who paints murals, a fine artist and a teacher.

Another hat is that of a commissioned artist. Painting commissions somewhat combines the other hats. It is a fine art piece, into which I put my own interpretation and style, but it is also driven by the desires of a client. Be it a favorite view, a certain mood etc, the initial inspiration comes from someone else, not me. In this way a commission is similar to a mural project in that it is a designed piece, meeting the requirements of a client. It differs however in its execution, normally painted in oil on canvas with additional input from me. When a client requests a painting they want me to do it in my way, they commission the piece because they like my “style”. Whereas a mural could be painted in any number of different styles to suit the design brief.

There is also some education involved as the commissioner will often need to be taught how the process works and how a painting progresses. They will often be involved in the initial design stages so that they can be sure the idea I am working on is the one they have in mind.

Sometimes the client will have something very specific in mind, a specific scene or event perhaps that they want to capture. Other times they may have liked a previous painting which is no longer available or perhaps is too large for their home and they would like something similar. Either way, an initial image is presented to make sure everyone is on the same page.

The price of the commission will typically be the same as any other of my paintings of the same size, plus 15%-20% to cover additional design time.

The project should be fun and rewarding for everyone involved. From the first meeting to the delivery of the painting I try to make it a relaxed and enjoyable process. To talk about a commission you have in mind or to see the complete collection of currently available paintings please visit www.andyeccleshall.com

Below is a selection of  commissions from the last few years.

albert copy

“Albert” Oil on Canvas

luke's pass

“Luke’s Pass” Oil on canvas

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“Rainier Meadow” oil on canvas

shuksan

“Shuksan” Oil on canvas

Sunrise at Tipsoo two, 24x 18 oil on canvas 1,700

“Tipsoo Sunrise II” Oil on canvas

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“Dabob Bay” Oil on canvas