Murals By Amy

School Spirit

I thought in honor of that Back-to-School time of year and the onset of fall- a SPECTACULAR season to live in Virginia…. I’d highlight some of my previous school mural projects.

Most recently, I completed this Success Pyramid for Lakeridge Middle School in Lakeridge, VA. What an inspiring wall for all these young athletes!

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Next, is the cafeteria stage at Baldwin Elementary School in Manassas, VA.

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This was painted during the summer, so needless to say there was a lot going on- it was difficult to get a good picture!

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Here’s a close up of their logo:

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For Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, VA, I painted their Stingray mascot to label the various areas in the hallway.

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The gymnasium mural at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg, VA proved a little more challenging due to the acoustic boards that surrounded the gym.

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For Congressional Schools of Virginia, I keep adding to the mural in the reception area. Here’s a before and after of the front desk area- showing the outside of the Early Childhood Program building.

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Lastly, I had the privilege of painting the Senior Cafe at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. It was a gift from the class of 2012. You can see from the before and after pictures- this added some much-needed color and excitement to the Senior-only area… afterall, they worked hard to be there!

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A Tale of Two Fish

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.

From Barn Door to Shoji Screen

I do a lot of tranformations in this line of work, but this recent painting project turned out SUPER! But unfortunately, I cannot take the credit for the idea itself- it was a concept my client in Laurel, Maryland had for her upstairs hallway. She wanted to replace the standard doors opening into her hallway bath and laundry room with barn doors in order to maximize space. She already had an extensive collection of Japanese artwork, so the idea of painting the doors to look like a Japanese shoji screen just came naturally.

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The first task was to draw the lines in even segments. I decided is was a good idea to make use of the blank wall space in between the two doors since it was similar in size to the doors.

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I reinforced the lines with a little dark paint so they wouldn’t get lost when I started adding the background colors. Nothing drastic- just subtle gold and cream tones to give the impression there was light behind the screens.

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Next, I painted a shadow of a tree- to break up the stoic pattern but to also add softness and interest to the overall look and feel of real shoji screens.

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Finally, I needed to make the lines of the screens really pop- making them clean and precise, so that part was done last. Some blue painter’s tape helped keep everything tidy and looking good. The contrast of light and dark tones is really what is needed to make this design work!

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The result was truly incredible- a perfect compliment to the kimono hanging in the foyer and the perfect tones for the lightly colored hallway.

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Below you can see the door opening up the the bathroom.

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As one final touch, the inside of the hallway bathroom was painted with this koi pond scene.

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Broadway Dreams

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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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On Safari in Leesburg

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If you’re ever visiting Leesburg Sterling Family Practice on Riverside Parkway, you can see this adorable safari-themed waiting room for kids.

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The entire African landscape centers around a gigantic baobob tree and miles of grassy plains. A few staff members even contributed their personal photos for my inspiration.

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One of the reasons we decided on this theme, as opposed to others, is the way the colors already complimented the earthtones throughout the medical center. And the carpet pattern is perfect!

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Complete with elephants, zebras, giraffes and even a pesky warthog, this fun, engaging mural really brightens the space and I hope brings a smile to everyone waiting to see the doctor!

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80’s Arcade Mural

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When asked to paint a Pac-man themed mural for an arcade room, I jumped at the chance. Being a child of the 80’s myself, I’ve pumped my fair share of quarters into Pac-man machines growing up!

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I started with my wall painted flat black. And because the Pac-man game board is square in shape, I had to do some scaling ( using math! ) to make the grid fit on the wall while keeping it as large as possible.

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This design involved A LOT of measuring and leveling vertical and horizontal lines. The blue tape I used was instrumental in keeping everything evenly spaced.

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The result was a fun throwback-themed arcade room!

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Maryland Vineyard

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This project proved the ole expression is still true- you DO learn something new every day. When this client approached me about painting scenery from his favorite wine-growing region in Hungary, I thought, “Hungary?… Who knew!” But I was definately up for the task.

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The wine room was in the basement and the idea was to create a realistic view of the scene- as if one were sitting on a patio gazing out at the vista.

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I figured the best way to make the setting believable was to paint a doorway looking out.

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Once the scene was underway, the illusion of the door frame was painted to add to the dimensionality.

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Lastly, a warm faux texture added the perfect amount of authenticity to the space. The final result was a basement wine cellar that quickly became the most popular room in the house!

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From Pilot to Pirate

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Aye Matey! There comes a day when every child decides their room is too ‘baby’ for them. And so is the story of this once ‘Baby Aviator’ themed nursery now turned sailor of the high seas! Inspired by the Pottery Barn bedding, this room really adds color and flare while making good use of the space available.

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Like most projects, I don’t tend to spend much time drawing out the design. I think just slapping down color is the way to go! Covering the yellow with various shades of blue immediately gave the sense of an ocean and a horizon line.

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The last part of this scene by the bed was to add posts to make the bed seem like a boat tied up a the dock.

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The final result was fantastic!

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… but wait- there’s more…

The client decided to go ahead and include the bathroom with the theme. But this time, I wanted to make it appear as though you were inside the ship, so I started in with dark browns to give the illusion of wooden planks that would have comprised on old pirate ship.

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And yes, it was a bit nerve-racking taking a perfectly pristine white wall and adding the harsh dark tones!.. but the result was engaging and so much fun!

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Lastly, the space opposite the toilet allowed just enough room to paint this barrel and treasure map. I mean, what’s pirate without a treasure map?!

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