Category Archives: Murals

Photo Mural Repair

This mural in a local pizza business was damaged and needed either to be replaced or repaired, if possible.
You can judge for yourself how the repair worked out. The first two photos show some of the damage. I removed a 3/4 inch strip of the loose material, then touched up areas to bring it back as close to it’s original state as possible.

 

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Mural Surrounded with Faux Weathered Plaster

This entryway went from ordinary painted walls to a

stunning masterpiece with an Old World feel!

The hand of God reaching out to Adam’s – (from Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’) is the centerpiece of the stairway wall. Surrounding it is a faux weathered Venetian style plaster. It was troweled on a bit more heavily than usual so we could see the depth of the plaster. 

A few days and many processes and applications later the area is no longer a generic entryway! The results were quite spectacular – extending around the corners, up over a doorway, then down the other side – framing out the entrance into the living area.  Unfortunately these photos do not show the depth of character and actual texture of the plaster. The overall appearance here is muted.

This room is definitely something that needs to be seen and experienced in person.

Questions? Need to schedule a consultation? You can scroll to the bottom of this post to contact me!

***Here is some of the finished area, but see below for more of the process***

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Above:  One of several applications of paint, glaze or sealer.

Below: Notice that I applied the faux material to the wall plug cover, painting it to match the wall.

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If you look closely you will see the blue undertones that show through slightly around the outside of the mural area. I also added some cracks in the plaster in various places. These are sculpted into the plaster and painted.

More photos to come ~ In the meantime

Ciao,
Michelle
 

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Italian Mural Covered Art Niche

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I recently hung a canvas mural in an Art Niche and then painted two areas to complete it. There will be a wood frame going up all around this making it look like a wonderful Artwork! The homeowner is also putting a small accent spotlight on the little hall ceiling to light it up.

The art niche had to be floated smooth first, then wet sanded, primed and blankstock was hung. Next I began to plan the placement of the canvas. This was hung with a heavy duty clay based adhesive.

The top portion I painted on a primed canvas, sealed it, then installed it. The bottom, extended portion of the scene, I painted on-site.

This canvas mural was very wide (but not much taller than the space). It had to be cut down and centered without compromising any of the scene. This was difficult because there were other trees on the sides we thought should be included but had to remove them.

All’s well that ends well however!  It came out PERFECT!

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Once again please excuse my awful photography skills. We can’t be good at ‘EVERYTHING’ now can we?

Have a wonderful day ~

Michelle

Scenic Mural – Bay of Naples, by Dufour

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This is a digital reproduction of “The Bay of Naples” by Dufour. The large painted mural exists in an historic home in New England. Artist Holly Alderman traveled there specifically to photograph it. She then digitally reproduced it in grisaille. Wallquest manufactured the large (untrimmed) custom panels which I installed in a home office.

The paint my client chose, gorgeously enhances the grisaille print and the chandelier is icing on the cake.

I am hoping to get photos of the room from my client, once it is all put back together and if so, I will post them here!

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An Old Mural – My First

From about the age of nine I have painted many different art projects including portraits, still life, scenery and even contemporary pieces. I have dabbled in all mediums but prefer acrylics.

When I was about twenty seven, I decided to start painting murals. I recently found a couple of photographs of the first large mural I painted back in 1979. Sadly they have faded and discolored with age. A problem with painting murals is you can not take them with you and a picture may be the only reference you have of your work. And these pictures are only about 5″ X 5″.

I tried to correct them myself with my existing computer software but I will need a professional to truly bring out the best and save them for me. I would like to get them saved in a larger size.

If anyone reading this can give me an idea where t go to have these restored I would greatly appreciate it. The first two are how my original pictures look now. The others are pictures after I tried to correct the colors and sharpness.

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I tried to sharpen the photo but it made my artwork look bad, especially the eyes.

I tried to sharpen the photo but it made my artwork look bad, especially the eyes.

After I tried to 'correct' the color.

After I tried to ‘correct’ the color.