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Italian Mural Covered Art Niche


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!

JD5a     JD6a


JD7a                    JD3a

JD4a                              JD8a


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

Have a wonderful day ~



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.

Original, untouched mural photos from 1979    VirgoMural2


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.