There are several approaches to painting a mural, including:
The pure commercial,
And many more.
|Painting the sky in the Emmaus Road Mural|
In the first steps of this project I called upon years of sketching and design as I took two days to sketch the project on the wall. Of course that was after hours of working out the design on paper in small scale.
|Painting the Clouds in the Emmaus Road Mural|
For this part I used the techniques one uses for painting in acrylic, (the paint I am using is latex interior house paint). Latex paint dries quicker than acrylic or oil, so I was fighting a constant frustration with the medium setting up before I was ready. Moving up from the horizon the colors darken and deepen since it is a scene at the end of the day. As I applied the paint I began to use a technique that was more like painting in oil by the impressionist; it was not my intention but a solution I was using to cope with the paint.
I began the clouds with an undercoating of white. When it dried I began to add soft colors of yellow, brown, rose and a pale burgundy, these colors were applied with a "scrumble technique;" that is an scrubbing and scribbling application with the brush. I was using it to force an irregular blend of colors. The clouds took hours to paint- so far.
I was out of time and spent a half hour to clean up and look at the work. When I return I will continue to add detail to the clouds.
Those who have seen the clouds say, "Oh they are done." I could move on from there and do other parts but I have a vision of Renaissance proportions and so will be spending many more hours on this that normal for a commercial mural.
I hope you enjoy my art.
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