Ocean Life Wall Mural

Recently I’ve begun an ocean life mural painting inside the studio of a Cranial-Sacral Therapist here in Ashburn. We’re both super excited to see the transformation of the room as it comes alive with color!

This mural is being painted on a soffit that runs along the ceiling in the room, so it incorporates both an eye-level view upon walking into the room, as well as a view of looking up while laying down on the cranial-sacral therapy bed.

When entering the room, the viewer will see the ocean as it meets the sky, with birds, turtles, whales, dolphins, fish, a sea horse and a mermaid. When lying down, the perspective will change to one of looking upwards through the water, while seeing the bottoms of turtles, whales, fish, and the mermaid tail.

While painting upside down is admittedly hard on my neck (I don’t know how Michelangelo ever painted the Sistine Chapel!), the result will be worth it. I’ve found myself doing yoga poses as I work to alleviate the kinks!

I’ll post pictures as the mural progresses!

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Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica – beach, soccer, fish, relax

I’ve been going through my photos from the Peace Corps a lot lately and finding inspirations for paintings.  In 2008 I took a little weekend vacation “with the boys” to Puerto Viejo, Limon, on the southern Caribbean side of Costa Rica.  This is may favorite place in Costa Rica.  The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica seems to be less visited by tourists, yet I find it much more appealing.  I think it’s prettier and enjoy the Caribbean culture more.  Reggae music, jerk chicken, coconut rice and beans, slow pace, patua language (a mixture of English, Spanish and French)…

Anyways, we were hanging out and walking along the water one evening and I got this picture of a boy kicking his soccer ball along with a big fish in his hand.  I think this shows a slower-paced lifestyle; go fishing, walk along the beach, play a little soccer…

I just finished it today –

"costa rica painting", "beach painting", "artist dave white"
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica – Acrylic Painting

It’s an acrylic on a 6″ by 6″ Ampersand artist panel.