I was pretty lucky to have been able to do this painting. Earlier this summer, I was strolling my boys around the neighborhood we live in, and we were walking over by a forested creek where a colony of great blue herons can sometimes be seen flying about. I just happened to see through the trees a great blue heron slowly wading in the water, about 100 feet away. In that moment, I took off running with my camera and left my boys sitting on the path in their stroller. They probably wondered what the heck Dad was doing, although they seemed to get a kick out of it and were laughing. As I approached, I slowed down to practically walking on my tip toes so that the bird didn’t fly away! Luckily it didn’t, and I got to take several photos of it. There is nothing like seeing animals in their natural habitat from a good viewing distance!
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This portrait drawing was given to celebrate the Dad’s college graduation! The photo that the drawing is based on was taken at his thesis presentation, where he proudly holds his newborn son. This drawing is an 8″ x 10″ on paper, drawn with artist graphite pencils.
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.
I’ve been slow to post, but here are a couple photo updates of the ocean life wall mural I’m painting at a home nearby here in Ashburn!
The mural runs about 10 feet along the side and bottom of the soffit in the room. I’ve got the base layers of paint on for the sky and clouds, so next will be the fun part of adding the animals and water, which will really bring everything alive with color!
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!