Posts Tagged ‘Mural’

‘Stranger Things’

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Well, it’s the first day of spring, and here we are in Virginia with this crazy winter storm!.. Pretty Strange… BUT- it inspired me to write this blog post just for fun. I often get asked by people, “What’s the strangest thing you ever painted?”

Below find my Top 15!… Not that I would say these things are ‘strange’… just unexpected for someone who typically paints on walls. Here we go:

Amy, What’s the strangest thing you ever painted?

Inside an elevator shaft! (  To avoid confusion, I should mention the elevator had a glass panel that looked out windows with my mural in between.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The background for a model train set.

The inside of an old bank vault turned into a hair salon studio.

Tire cover for a Jeep:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A large wooden cable spool – turned into a fun playroom table!

Inside a very small closet under the stairs- I painted it to look like a dollhouse:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Simpson-themed dance floor on vinyl!

Russian nesting dolls.

A Monogram on a Driveway:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A canvas sailboat sail for the Silver Spring Christmas parade.

A fan and its blades to resemble an old propeller plane.

150 ft of canvas to look like a castle for a ‘Game of Thrones’ themed party:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tabletop to look like a pizza.

The floor of a small indoor basketball Court:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly, a huge metal storage container ( I’ve now painted 2 actually! ):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into my sometimes unexpected career!

Wanna make the list?… Use your imagination, and see what you can come up with that’s unusual, but fun!

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Camouflage Mural adds Grit to Company Gym

Friday, January 12th, 2018

I enjoyed my time this past December working at the Wetlands Studies and Solutions office in Gainesville, VA. From what I was able to learn in my short time there- these guys do great work… and they are equally passionate about working out!

Step 1: was priming the entire cinder block wall. I was fortunate to be able to use a scissor lift in this space, rather than traditional scaffolding which takes a lot more energy to climb up and down.

Due to the nature of the aerial lift, I worked in 7-foot columns, finishing a vertical section before moving the scissor lift- this proved pretty efficient.

My view from the top!…

The end result was a fun, camouflage wall- ideal for a company that actually uses duck blinds and waiters in their daily work and studies. I’m sure it will inspire future boot camps as well!…

While we’re on the subject of camouflage, check out the Florida Gator blue & orange camouflage room I painted a few years back!:

 

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Oh Baby!…. Adorable Nursery Accent Walls

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Just wanted to share with you a couple fun nurseries I completed this fall. This first one- an adorable outdoor nature-inspired nursery looks amazing all decked out with the final touches. I don’t have too many photos of the process, however, but I’ll share what I have.

The mural painting began with a series of ragged taped lines. I’ve become a huge fan of Frog Tape for creating clean lines. One of the hardest parts of this mural was finding colors that looked good together, while blending into the light blue-gray background.

Inserting the trees was the final touch that gave the wall a fun, whimsical feel. But of course, adding the furniture gives it the real WOW effect!!…

Next nursery- started with a beige wall. The client and I really liked the white trim and navy blue, so we decided to keep that aspect of the room, and created the mural on the bottom 6 feet.

If you pop in on me working during the early stages, you might lose total confidence in me- ha ha ha!… that’s why I think it’s fun to show the progress in these blogs. You get instant before, during and after photos with none of the in between panic!

In the ‘7th inning,’ so to speak- dad decided he wanted to add a Louisville Slugger bat since he had one as a kid. So I begin re-creating the wood grain look on the bat while adding texture to the old leather glove. Notice too, I painted the electrical outlet face plate so there wasn’t a distracting white square in the mural. In the end, you barely noticed it.

The end result was bold- yet beautiful and soft at the same time. I really love how this turned out.

Cozy up with Burberry Plaid

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

One thing is for sure- a Burberry Plaid room- much like the iconic pattern itself- will never go out of style!…. I have to give it to my clients- they are some of the most creative people!… Always coming up with the coolest ideas for me to paint.

However, don’t be fooled- even us artistic painter types have to use MATH from time to time- particularly with this pattern. ‘Winging it’ is NOT an option!… So after carefully analyzing the pattern, I came up with my measurements for each line.

We opted to do this pattern extremely large- so that you’d get the essence of the iconic plaid in a bold statement- while not making the wall too busy with a smaller scale.

In order to create the look of feel fabric- I used tape to mask the lines, but then I cross-hatched the lines, rather than roll the color on flat. I think the effect would have been lost by using solid colors. After all, a plaid is NOT solid- rather a myriad of overlapping colors.

Once my ‘down lines’ were dry, it was time to start on the horizontals. Where the colors overlapped, I was sure to paint in those areas extra full. And in case you’re wondering about that crazy green tape- it’s Frog Tape- found in most paint stores. Love the stuff!!!… I should be a spokes model for them… but I’ll stick with my day job.

Next, it was time to add the white- so I had to block off the black lines with tape- unless, again, the white line overlapped with a black line. This really did feel like weaving with PAINT!

Lastly, the red lines went into place. We used a slightly more pinkish red to give the room a softer look. For that matter, the ‘black’ was really a dark grey.

Are you starting to see how much measuring, math and leveling was involved?!.. I didn’t mind it though, because I could see the end product- and it was fantastic!

The wall had a pitched ceiling- which is hard to see in the photos. But the added height of the room was complimented by this bold plaid pattern- a perfect fit!…

The final result- clean and classic!…

While we’re on the subject- side note- but my children’s book features a character named Mrs. Brrrberry. Get it?!… Love that scarf!

A Tale of Two Fish

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Once upon a time there was an awesome sport fishing mural that was loved by all. Several years later, the family welcomed a home remodeling project to add more space to the youngster’s bedroom. Hooray!… But as the builders tore down drywall and smells of sawdust and fresh primer permeated the air, everyone thought- “What will become of this wonderful mural?!” The old half of the room looked great… while the new half looked…. well… empty.

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Fortunately for these fishing fans, help was on the way!.. It was great to see my old friend from 2008 again- one of my favorite murals to date!… And so I began the task of re-creating what the seas- or rather, the new plaster- had worn away!

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Once the initial colors of sea and sky were painted, the main objective was to re-center the mural as it once looked in the smaller room. The Pottery Barn Boat bed was in the other room just WAITING to be docked here once again!.. And so began the copycat-painting of my own work!

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First I needed to recreate the boat on the left- making it slightly bigger than the first time… then moving on to the fish.

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I like to call this one, “Sycronized Sailfish.”

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Ahhh, but the fish’s friend wasn’t there for long… soon it was out with the old, in with the new!…

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Lastly, I needed to move the boat on the right to re-center the room. Beep beep!..

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Finally, because there was more space then the first time, I added some fun new touches- like the lighthouse. And under the window I added a marlin chasing yellowfin tuna.

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In the end- this fish tale ended up just as it began- a mural as wonderful as it was the first time.

Broadway Dreams

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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When Showcase Dance studio in Manassas approached me about doing a Broadway-themed mural for one of their dance studios, I was thrilled!

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The space was truly a ‘blank canvas’- a large wall about 9 ft high and 20 ft long. In order to get a good grasp on the concept, I printed out pictures of New York City and Broadway to help inspire my sketch.

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In order to give the mural a nightime feel with glowing lights, I started by painting the entire wall a midnight blue. Then, as I added the bright colors, it was like painting with flourescent lights!

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The final result was eye-popping and colorful- hopefully a great reminder to the aspiring dancers of where they can go!

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