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Old 02-05-2007, 09:43 AM
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Hi y'all! Here's last week's project, a powder room mural. The space is so small, I can get only close-ups. The gold vine design snakes around on all the walls, with flowers and critters here and there. Sketched with charcoal, underpainted with burnt umber, glazed with color, finished with overall coat of Polycrylic. You can see the stages in first photo. This took four days, 5-6 hours per day.















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Old 02-05-2007, 10:02 AM
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I pretty much just lurk in this forum since I'm inept at what you guys can do (it's moot anyway since I've been temporarily disabled for 1 1/2 yrs.). Anyway, Ruth, is this stuff in your head? Do you just know what a butterfly looks like and so you paint it? The same with flowers. You're fantastic.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:18 AM
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That vine would have driven me insane! Although you did the vine and flowers very well what I really like are all the critters and they seem to be hidden all over
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:32 AM
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Ruth, this is so detailed and fanciful. I would be in there for hours just examining every inch for a new wonderful surprise. It's really quite beautiful.

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Old 02-05-2007, 11:49 AM
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Re: powder room mural

Ruth you are the best freehander I know! Yet don't know. I've always wanted to attempt an all-over wallpaper look without a stencil. But have never had the guts......Maybe if you post a few more I'll get my nerve up!

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Ah Ruth, that's fabulous. I love the magnolia (or is it dogwood?) flower. I always look forward to your posts. thank you.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:38 PM
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Re: powder room mural

Thank you for your comments!
Grasshopper, yeah, it's all pretty much in my head. I've painted flowers and critters from reference books and from life over and over again through the years, so I can sort of make them up.
Thanks Doc! The critters are my favorite part, too. I like to sneak a critter in somewhere in most of my murals. The vine did make me crazy. I kept thinking, "Why did I put so many swirls and ends on it?"
Sue, the homeowners were away while I was working on it. They came home and all three stood in there doing just that, finding all the hidden delights! I love it when my works makes people happy.
Robin, I sketched it all in charcoal first, and it was easy to make adjustments. I first put big circles where I wanted major flowers to go, and then flowed the vine around them. Then went back and put in the flowers and critters. The thing is, it's scary if you think of doing the whole thing. I have to break every job down into do-able steps. First step is deciding where the main elements go, and drawing a circle there. Easy. Next step is making the vine go around, and that's easy after the first step is done. One step at a time.
Rebecca, I made up the flowers, they can be anything you like!

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I guess deep-down I knew all that. It's just so much easier watching someone else do it!

How's the Plein Air painting going? Or has it been too cold for that?!
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Ruth, it is wonderful, of course. And you have inspired me as well. I need like one roll of wallpaper, similar kind of design that you did there, for my little entryway and was toying with painting it by hand instead. Now you have conviced me to just go for it; paint it myself and save a few bucks while I'm at it. Thank you! You are always inspirational!
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It's a good thing the room was small. It looks excellent! What type of paint do you use?
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Really beautiful, Ruth, as always. The way you break things down in steps is very helpful. I thought I was the only one who got intimidated when faced with that EMPTY WALL...! Maybe this means there's hope for me yet!
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wow that is SO inspirational ! love it !!
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Simply BEAUTIFUL, Ruth. You make it look so easy!
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Very cool! Big job though! I love the hidden critters too.
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WOW! This is great. You are so talented to do this freehand.
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