Step by Step Mural Making

How to paint an awesome coffee shop mural at Casciano Coffee Bar and Sweetery in five steps.

Step One, Base Coat:

Draw the outline on wall with colored chalk. Paint base coat with primer.

Step Two, Add Color:

Distribute colored paint as evenly as possible through focal point of the mural. This ensures the most important aspects of the piece will draw attention.

Step Three, Cover All.

Fill the rest of the mural with solid blocks of color. Varying levels of depth and shadow throughout the piece welcomes the eye to wander without overwhelming it.

Step four, Add Contrast.

Make  light source(s) evident with highlights and shadows. Do not use white and black to tint and shade paint, instead mix color tones for maximum saturation.

Step Five, Details:

Add details and protective top coat. The mural is now finished.

All images that feature me painting were photographed by L. James Meyers.

Play

A play ground in New Jersey.

I’ll Catch You. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8.5″ x 5″.

Unframed: $115.00

Pretty Picture and Personal Achievements

Below is my painting from week 12 of the Noyes Drawing Room sessions. I’m sure that mannequin has grown quite familiar to you by now.

Museum Mannequin. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5″ x 8.5″.

Unframed: $150.00

I am very proud to announce I won the 2010 Cumberland County Cultural Heritage Plein Air Painting Contest. The awards ceremony will be at Gallery 50 in Bridgeton from 6-8 this Friday. The paintings I did for the competition have not yet been posted to this blog as they were dropped off immediately after painted. I will get them back in late September for your viewing pleasure.

Also, my painting “Product Placement” won Best in Show at The Hammonton Art Center‘s yearly Works on Paper exhibit. The reception for the exhibit will be tomorrow evening, 5-8 pm at the HAC.

I am very grateful for and proud of these honors.

Painted Rain Barrel

The Hammton Art Center is hosting a huge painted rain barrel fund raiser. Below is the barrel I designed, painted, and donated. The bidding for the rain barrels begins shortly and ends on Septmber 18th. I’ll link the auction once it is up.

SOLD

My Preening Peafowl barrel is losely based on these drawings I made earlier in the year.

Mr. and Mrs. Hill

The following piece is a commissioned drawing of a couple.

Portrait of the Hills. Colored pencil on matte board. 9″x12″.

SOLD

Some preliminary sketches for the piece:

Blue Bird Background

This is a small oil painting I finished recently. The colors sing.

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Blue Bird Background. Oil on canvas. 9″x12″.

$150.00

More Kitties, Kinda

“Not everything I paint has to be a masterpiece.”  That was my mantra that got me to start working again after a very long break. Its easier said than accepted. I spent a very long time working on quite a few pieces today. These are the only two I’m satisfied with. Tomorrow is another day.

Abstraction of a Cat’s Eyes. Watercolor and ink on paper. 9.5″x3″.

Unframed: $28.00

Harsh Light on Cat. Watercolor and ink on paper. 8″x9.5″.

Unframed: $32.00

Yellow Still Life with Turtle

Yellow Still Life with Turtle. Watercolor on paper. 12″x9″.

Unframed: $35.00

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