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amo
09-11-2004, 09:32 PM
Here's my first mural ever (except for that time in grade 4 when our class decorated the school hallway, but I don't think that counts ;)). Worked on it all week, off & on. It's 8x10', acrylic with a couple coats of matt medium for a sealer. You have to imagine away the reflection from the camera flash. It's in my 13yo son's bedroom; he's a big LOTR fan, so we thought he could live in a hobbit hole. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2004/12322-140-4060_IMG.JPG

Here are a couple progress shots:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2004/12322-140-4049_IMG.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2004/12322-140-4051_IMG.JPG

and some details:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2004/12322-140-4062_IMG.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2004/12322-140-4068_IMG.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2004/12322-140-4069_IMG.JPG

It's been a steep learning curve, doing this thing, but lots of fun. There are some things I'd do different next time, but all around I'm quite happy with it (and so is my son).
THanks for looking!

Axl
09-12-2004, 06:56 PM
so jelous! You're more than welcome to come here and turn my place into a hobbit hole :)

It looks pretty good :) he must be one happy camper :D

designbyjen
09-13-2004, 09:00 AM
that is sooo cool! i have never done a mural before, but am going to have to break down & try it w/ all these great murals everyone has been doing ;)
~~~jen

TedDawson
09-13-2004, 09:06 AM
This is great. I bet he really loves it.

A couple years ago when they were finishing up the Charles Schulz museum, the folks who now live in the house that Schulz lived in in the fifties offered to donate one of the walls in the house. He had painted a wall in his kids' room with Peanuts-type characters. It had since been painted over, but they restored it and it's now at the museum.

So these are truly family history pieces!

prairie painter
09-13-2004, 05:47 PM
It's so perfect!!! One bit of advice- never, ever paint over it. I painted over one very childish one that I did in my son's room and he has never let me forget how tweaked off he is about that!

AFM159
09-14-2004, 11:21 AM
Very nice!

I keep thinking I'll do a mural for the kids, but seem to get a round2it.

Just Crystal
09-14-2004, 01:42 PM
Wowee! Your son must be thrilled. I have 6 kids and they are constantly begging me to make them some sort of art. They would be insanely jealous to see what you have done for yours! It is just fabulous. And it has absolutely nothing to do with my obession with LOTR! :D

amo
09-14-2004, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the kudos, guys! :)
And for those who're thinking about doing a mural in your kids' rooms, don't feel guilty for not having done it (yet). My son had to wait three years- he was the last one to get his room redecorated, all his siblings got theirs done first (and no, they *don't* have murals in their rooms, just some sponge painting and chalkboard paint so they can draw on the walls). This was really worth it, though.

coolray
09-15-2004, 12:30 PM
Amo,

As a mural artist myself, I have to say that you did a fine job here! For someone tackling a mural, and then having to create a Hobbit hole besides, you sure did it! Very good work! I hope your son enjoys it alot!

Terry

amo
09-15-2004, 01:58 PM
Thanks, Terry! Actually, your work has been a real inspiration to me- I was thinking about you & your Western mural a lot while I was doing this one.

coolray
09-15-2004, 10:01 PM
Thanks, Terry! Actually, your work has been a real inspiration to me- I was thinking about you & your Western mural a lot while I was doing this one.

:blush: Thank you Amo. I never thought that mural would be such an inspiration. I have found it to be my pivotal mural. I am getting more work from that, than any one thing I have ever done.

You sure put a lot into your mural. I love the simplicity of it, yet it leads your eye to imaginations beyond the door.

I like it.

Terry

Kathryn Wilson
09-15-2004, 10:25 PM
This is wonderful! I just looked at the wall opposite my bed and envisioned how that would look - awesome! :clap:

Leslie_Ann
09-16-2004, 05:47 AM
Lol Axl, I was thinking that the next time you make it to Montreal, I'd like to hire you to turn my place into a gateway to hell. Maybe I can time out my kids there. :D
I can believe your son loves this amos, and you might just inspire him to do art himself one day. It's great! :)