Mural Paintings with Zenaviv

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.

Declaration of Independence Mural at The Jefferson Hotel
The Declaration of Independence Mural at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC
Monticello Mural at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC
Monticello Mural at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC
The Jefferson Monument Mural at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC
The Jefferson Monument Mural at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC

Prior to this, Zenaviv artists completed a mural painting at The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington DC, and we are currently working on several mural paintings for Fannie Mae.

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!

 

 

Advertisements

Mural Enhancement in Leesburg, Virginia

mural restoration, mural enhancement

Recently I had the enjoyment of painting enhancements to a residential mural in Leesburg. This mural was originally painted around 17 years ago! The homeowner wanted me to  improve the appearance of the willow tree so that it resembled a willow tree more, and re-paint the cardinal bird up top. So the tricks were to keep the style of the original artist and mix the colors well enough to blend in with the original painting. Here is a ‘before’ photo:

mural restoration, mural enhancement
Mural – Before

And here it is afterwards!

mural restoration, mural enhancement
Mural Enhancement After
Close up of Cardinal Bird on Mural
Close up of Cardinal Bird on Mural

Mural at Lost Rhino Retreat in Ashburn

lost rhino retreat, lost rhino ashburn, lost rhino, artist dave white, ashburn artist, mural artist

This morning I started the prep work on a mural painting at the Lost Rhino Retreat Restaurant in Ashburn, Virginia. The interior of this restaurant is beautiful, as it is open and spacious with very high ceilings, locally milled wood installations, a fireplace, and natural light streaming through the tall windows. Perfect for illuminating a mural that I’ll be painting on an empty white wall, which will be a colorful outline of the Lost Rhino logo.

Here is a photo of the blank wall:

lost rhino retreat, lost rhino ashburn, lost rhino, artist dave white, ashburn artist, mural artist
Lost Rhino Interior – Ashburn, Virginia

As part of the prep work, I cleaned the wall from scuffs and scratches:

lost rhino retreat, lost rhino ashburn, lost rhino, artist dave white, ashburn artist, mural artist
Lost Rhino – Cleaning the Wall

and then added a fresh coat of white paint:

lost rhino retreat, lost rhino ashburn, lost rhino, artist dave white, ashburn artist, mural artist
Lost Rhino – Painting Wall

Next Thursday I’ll be going back to paint a colorful version of the rhino logo, and hope to finish up that day or on Friday!

Forest Friends Mural Painting

This is a mural I actually completed a couple of months ago in my sons room, but haven’t gotten around to posting a completed picture of it yet!

It’s a “forest friends” themed mural, with evergreen trees, mountains, a stream with fish, and several different animals – deer, fox, squirrel, doves, owl, cardinal, a sparrow bird, butterflies, and a boy flying a kite.

Like my Dad did to me, you might ask “Won’t a kite get stuck in the trees?” Well, maybe in real life! But this is a childhood world of imagination, fun and freedom, where kites don’t get stuck in trees. Or if they do, you just climb up the tree and untangle it!

This mural has been challenging to photograph in a way that reflects its true colors and shading, what with the way light comes into the room, but I’ve tried to Photoshop this the best I could:

forest mural, forest friends, forest painting, mural painting, mural, kids mural, boys mural, animals mural, forest animals mural, forest animals art
Forest Friends Mural

 

 

Forest Friends Mural

A few weeks ago I mostly finished the forest friends mural painting in my son’s bedroom, although I still plan on adding a stream of water in when I get a chance.

I took this picture a few weeks ago when my son was in the room with me and grabbed a paintbrush so that he could also paint!

Rafael Painting Mural

Here are a couple of other shots of the mural, complete with smiling animals like an owl, cardinal bird, deer and fox, with a sparrow bird, squirrel, butterflies, a mother dove flying over to her 2 babies in a nest, and a little boy running with a kite in his hand. Right before my wife and I found out she was pregnant with our 2nd son, two doves had set up a nest outside of our kitchen door and laid eggs for 2 babies that hatched over the course of the next month! So I had to include that in the painting.

forest mural, mural, boys room mural, kids mural, ashburn mural, loudoun mural
Forest Friends Mural

 

forest mural, mural, boys room mural, kids mural, ashburn mural, loudoun mural
Forest Friends Mural

I’ll post a few more photos after I add in the stream of water, and hopefully get some better lighting to see the color and detail a bit better.

Forest Friends Boys Room Mural Progress

Here is a photo of further progress on the forest friends mural, which is nearing completion! I added in a deer, cardinal bird, smiling owl, evergreen trees, mountains and clouds. My one and a half year-old son loved to see the “tweet tweet” birdies and the “woof woof” deer, while pointing at the mural and saying “whoaaaaa”. Any four-legged animal is equivalent to a dog to him. More photos to come upon completion!

mural, boys room mural, kids room mural, ashburn, virginia, loudoun, artist dave white, mural artist, kids mural
Forest Friends Boys Room Mural Progress

Forest Friends Mural

A Forest Mural for our Kids Room

Are you ever enchanted by a beautiful forest? Does a red cardinal, or mystical owl, peek your curiosity? Or the beauty of a deer quietly walking through a grassy clearing in the forest?

Last night I was excited to start a ‘forest friends’ mural in my toddler son’s room, which we plan on having him share with our other son who is due in April. This mural has been quite the project in the making! Since I’m a married man, of course I had to consult my wife on the design, and we went through about 20 different sketches before finding common ground on a design! My wife is full of beautiful abstract ideas, and envisioned a ‘journey of the soul’ through an enchanted forest with subtle grays, greens and browns to match the sage green paint in the room. While describing her vision, she would dance and make movements with her arms (for an Accountant like me, this can be difficult to interpret at times!). While her vision was very mature, I had to keep in mind our 2 young boys that I am painting this for. So I wanted to make the animals fun and kid-friendly as well.

Here is what I was able to paint last night, and I’ll be continuing this mural over the next several days.

Forest Friends Kids Mural Progress
Forest Friends Kids Mural Progress

 

Jumping Whale and Dolphins, Sea Turtles. More mural progress.

Painting upside down is a real workout! I hope Michelangelo had a really good chiropractor when he painted the Sistine Chapel. Today I started on the underside of the mural that I’m painting in a townhouse studio in Ashburn, while also painting in jumping whales and dolphins, a sea turtle, and colorful sea fish!

Ocean Life Mural Progress

Ocean Life Mural Progress 2

Ocean Life Mural Progress 3

After talking with my client, I’ll be extending the painting down onto the wall below to add in a coral reef. Looking good so far!

If you like the jumping whale artwork, prints can be purchased online here on a 12″ x 16″ gallery-wrapped canvas that comes ready to hang in your home – http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Jumping-Whale-Bliss/842088/2811016/view

jumping whale, whale, art, painting, whale painting
Jumping Whale Bliss

 

Ocean Life Mural Update Photos

This morning I had a chance to paint more of the ocean life mural, as my clients have returned from their vacation! Here are some before and after photos.

Before:

Ocean Life Mural 1

Ocean Life Mural 2

After:

after1

after2

Tomorrow morning I’ll paint in the rest of the animals and start the bottom side of the mural.

At some point in the next week or two, I also plan to start a forest-life mural for my one and a half year old son’s bedroom!

As always, you can contact me at communications@davewhiteartist.com for any art inquiries.