Making of a mural.
I have had an extraordinary opportunity - several times now - to create some murals for the Oregon Country Fair. This is my most recent assignment. So much fun going through the process of creating the design, mapping it out - working with the color scheme and making it real.
#1 — The process starts with sketches and brainstorming on the theme. This one is about the forest - the night - and the magic of this place. I spend a fair amount of time with sketch paper and working out the stylized forms.
#2 — The next phase is transfering the sketch onto the canvas. I did this using a mural projector. It can be a little tricky, but if you work in sections - it comes out pretty well. I use the chalk to draw out the image onto the pre-primed canvas mural material.
#3 — Then comes the painting part. I often times will create color studies with markers to determine the color theme and composition. Color will move the eye around the image, so I feel it’s important to make those choices intentionally.
#4 — I usually leave the hardest part for the last. And for me that was the lettering of the banner. I looked at a number of different ways to approach that, different fonts, different ways to emphasise the words, etc… I wanted something playful and readable.
#5 — Installation - I really love working with this canvas material. It has pre-fashioned grommets in place, which makes the hanging and displaying the Mural a breeze. I added a few additional touches and will update this blog with the final mural in its location in a week or so.
Thanks for viewing this process. Love to hear your thoughts and ideas on mural painting if you’d like to share those.
I am available for commissions for wall and canvas murals - contact me and we can create something spectacular together.