Mural Paintings in the DC Area by Artists Impacted by Autism
Starting earlier this year, I began working on art projects with a wonderful company in Ashburn called Zenaviv, which promotes and connects artists impacted by autism with businesses and individuals.
These artists have incredible natural talents that serve to beautify spaces. The positive feedback from the murals gives the artists validation of their talent and a meaningful boost in their confidence!
Recently, I collaborated with them on murals in the employee entrance at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC, a luxurious 5-star hotel.
Zenaviv’s mission is to empower artists impacted by autism by providing them with a means to earn income and boost their self-esteem. By the end of the year they expect to promote at least 25 artists with consistent income. Over the next five years their goal is to directly impact 2,000 artists and indirectly several more around the world!
This original Biggie crown painting, on a 12″ x 16″ handmade organic cotton canvas, says “Spread Love It’s The Brooklyn Way”. Painted with archival acrylic paints, it features a color palette of burgundy, purple, crimson, white, black and gold.
The inspiration for this seascape painting came from a beach on the Spanish island of Formentera, and the beautiful blue hues of the Mediterranean Sea!
The canvas is made of Texas-grown organic cotton and is hand-stretched and hand-primed. The wood stretcher bars are FSC-certified and the all-natural gesso primer is made of limestone power, French marble dust, water and a touch of honey.
The canvas measures 8″ in height and 20″ in length.
This original coffee watercolor painting was inspired by a delicious afternoon coffee in Seville, Spain, in the barrio of Heliópolis! Heliópolis is a neighborhood on the outskirts of Sevilla, where I lived as a college student for a semester in 2004, close to the Real Betis soccer stadium.
The coffee mug says “El Café de Andalucía”.
The artwork itself, on archival watercolor paper, measures 9″ x 12″.
Gallery-style wood frame with a clean modern look
Choose from the following stains – Espresso, White, Black, White Wash, or Burgundy
Double white mat – archival – acid-free
Inside frame dimensions measure 11″ x 14″ and outside dimensions measure 15 1/8″ x 12 1/8″
This small-size rose painting is on archival watercolor paper and is available in a variety of wood and aluminum metal frame options! It comes with a triple white mat that is also archival and acid-free, along with anti-reflective glass for the frame. You can see photos of all of the options here:
One of my more popular art prints has been a painting that I did of the famous photo of the Notorious BIG wearing a crown, with the words “Spread Love It’s the Brooklyn Way“. Recently I was contacted by an engaged couple in New York City that is going to be getting married in Brooklyn, about purchasing this print but replacing “Brooklyn” with their last name, “Vyas”. They’re going to hang the artwork at their reception and then afterwards in their home.
The art print is on 13″ x 19″ archival luster paper, which I custom framed with a gallery-style gold metal frame with a white mat and anti-reflective glass:
Just a few weeks ago, I completed two mural paintings at the new Malgudi Veg restaurant in Ashburn, VA! Malgudi Veg is an Indian vegetarian restaurant, that has absolutely delicious food, and at affordable prices!
The murals are based on illustrations from the famous 1980’s Indian television series Malgudi Days, by R.K. Narayan. The owner of Malgudi Veg provided me with numerous photos of illustrations from the TV show, which we put together to form scenes for the murals, each of which measures approximately 18 feet long.
Sketching out the Murals
Each mural was first sketched out with a few simple tools – a pencil, straight edge ruler, calculator, eraser, and ladder. In these pictures, I’m actually going over my initial pencil lines with black paint markers.
After drawing all of the black lines with a paint marker, I then used acrylic paint to fill in the rest with brushwork.
Here are photos of the finished murals:
1st Mural Near Entrance:
Close-Ups of 1st Mural:
2nd Mural by Buffet Tables:
Close-Ups of 2nd Mural:
and lastly, a photo of the mural by the entrance during dinner hours after the grand opening (with my 2 boys in the foreground)!