Sketching a mural out is an important step, as no amount of colour and detail can better an imperfect composition. For this Chemainus Road mural I am drawing in perspective lines in a light grey marker, and making the finished sketch in black.
These video stills show me painting the sky and clouds for the Chemainus Road mural in my Victoria, BC art studio. I often use the sky in a mural to add directional lines for viewers, like the clouds in this bright blue summer day.
I enjoyed painting my own mural on to the list of Chemainus murals for the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society. Here I'm bringing the old planer mill to life with muted purple acrylics, followed with painting cottonwood, cedar and fir trees in front of it.
This mural progress photo reveals the sky, the old planer mill, trees and background houses being completed while the rest of the mural is incomplete. The telephone poles receding into the distance added depth to the artwork.
Painting a street scene is a great artistic challenge and this project used telephone poles to add depth by bringing viewers into the receding background from the foreground. As a BC mural artist it was important to include the telephone poles in this Chemainus mural, but not make them the center of attention.
The street perspective of 1940s stores and buildings is nearly complete in this Chemainus, BC wall mural. It was a pleasure bringing local history to life, and I was as accurate as possible with all the subjects for the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society.