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Old 05-22-2006, 12:16 PM
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First mural - landscape

Hi all. This is my first mural, and it's outdoors too! Thanks for all the advice everyone gave, it was most helpful.

The mural itself is on a fence. It's a privacy screen next to their hot tub on the deck.

I forgot to do a total "before" picture. This is after primer, and the base coat layers of paint, and I started a bit on the sky too.


After about 3 hours ...


6 hours ...


The far right side was in the shade, so I tried to get a picture of the lonely mountain hiding in shadow


Detail on the left side


I'm about 6-7 hours in. It's been a bit frustrating because it's been so hot here and the paint is drying in minutes (it's a south facing wall), so I find myself reworking some areas because I haven't been able to mix paint in and get the detail I want before it's dry. But it has been good for me to learn different techniques an ways of doing things.

I will venture over again this week to finish up on the lower half, which will be wildflowers. Any tips, criticisms, feedback, etc. is appreciated.
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Old 05-22-2006, 01:23 PM
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I think it's lookin great
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Old 05-22-2006, 02:02 PM
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Sara, it's looking great! Can you get started any earlier in the day before it gets hot, to keep the paint from drying so fast? Can't wait to see once you've added the flowers! Val
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Love it! Looking forward to more pictures!
Can you rig a tarp over the work area? Not fun working with paint that dries the minute you apply it. Still, you seem to be doing a great job even with that problem.
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Very nice, can't wait to see more!

Try adding glaze to the paint, it will slow down the drying!

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I bought an umbrella stand at Target and a cheap umbrella ($39) and place it over me as I paint outdoors. I have one coming up soon too but plan to paint in the shade as the sun moves.

This looks really colorful and fun, Sara! Looking forward to seeing more.
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Old 05-23-2006, 04:36 PM
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Re: First mural - landscape

Thanks all for the advice. I haven't tried rigging a tarp or anything like that. We thought about a tarp briefly, but I think because of where the wall is situated and the yard set up, we'd spend more time fiddling with that than anything else.

It's been getting close to 90 degrees by noon. Unusually hot for this time of year. I've been trying to get up there 8-9 am, which puts me about 70 degrees and mostly shaded. I can't seem to get out of bed before that. I work on the left side and move to the right with the sun, which keeps me from getting sunburned. One afternoon, I worked straight through until 5. I don't think I'll do that again.

The lighting isn't great in the evenings, so I think I'll continue to work my shade method. It's supposed to cool off the next couple days, so that will help some.

Thanks for the ideas and encouragement. The umbrella thing sounds encouraging. Becky, did you get a stand for it?
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I'm done! 12 hours total.
They have a hot tub, so that's the big wooden thing in front of it.


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the right side
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I really like the overall effect! There's great depth and the foreground really says wild meadow
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Very nice, you must of been moving fast! I like those clouds the best, they look very real and free!
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Thanks dreamz and Deb! They wanted the "impression of wildflowers" among grasses in front of a ridgeline ... so there ya go.

Deb, yes, I was going fast ... paint was drying and working in between the hot tub and the wall made for some uncomfortable positions! The clouds were a happy accident really. I didn't realize I'd purchased an alkaline/oil paint and when I started going over the blue (latex) it ... not really crackled, but it was a bit granulated and was very easy to push around and blend. I used a two inch brush and a sponge.
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Wow ... what a great result. It looks wonderful Sara
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