Friday, February 24, 2012

Chicken Chat

This is a mural I painted a few years ago for a very sweet lady that loved chickens. I think of them as just chatting  about all the barnyard gossip. lol There are longhorns and horny toads(horned frogs) in the picture - for University of Texas and TCU for their grandchild that was going to go to one the schools when the time came.The other two on 6" tile-they were too busy to gossip.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Although I think of all my murals as my babies, sometimes one just stands out as a favorite. I really liked the way this one came out- maybe it's the warmth that wood brings to a room or the different angle of the table. This has a vase that the customer owned along with wine label and sunflowers that added special meaning to the mural for her. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Usually, when I meet with a customer for the first time- they have things they would love to see in their mural. Sometimes, it is something that they love like cats or roosters or a setting-like Italy. Sometimes it is a statement of who they are and what is important to them.  My job is to  put it all together in a way that works for them and looks nice at the same time. This mural was combining a bible verse, a cross, a stream, an urn,a bowl of fruit,vines, loaves of  bread,maybe the wrought iron like in their new home...After talking a while, it seemed the best thing was to go with a window view including the stonework and the same arched window from their new home. This is what I came up with that combined everything. I was happy with the design and more importantly so was the customer.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Chumash Cave Paintings

Okay-I'm really not great at keeping up with this blog-maybe someday I'll get better at this! lol I have several I want to share so maybe this time I will keep posting on it.

Not all of my paintings are fruit and wine -I get to make some interesting paintings for people that have different plans for their home to make it match things that are important to them - especially if you love the history and life of people from our past.this going.

This one  is of some cave drawings that I painted for a lady in California building her home in an area that was where the Chumash Indian tribe had once lived. They were a small tribe and there is not a lot available on line about them. I was sent a book cover that showed some of their art that the customer really liked.  I looked on line for more -and this is what I came up with to show their style and hopefully represent their culture.  It is painted on 12  inch stone -3 high by 3 wide-I painted it to fit the area so the tile could be installed without cutting (but I did crop the picture). Here is the finished installation - I hope you enjoy:)