Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
This week finds me working on a nine-foot wide painting to be used as a mural on a restaurant wall. The owner showed me several photos of picturesque palm-lined beaches with tropical water in the background. I suggested that we dress up the view of the local landscape which is equally as beautiful as the images he provided. (A week later I questioned my decision, as the seascape required accuracy — or risk every “local” pointing out the mistakes!)
Because paint often peels from concrete here in Ecuador, I persuaded the owner to consider a different approach to the mural. Painting on the back side of vinyl upholstery material works better than cotton canvas. (Cotton rots in humid tropical climates!) The canvas-like material is prepped with several coats of an acrylic sealer, then it’s ready to be painted!
This painting represents the landmark of Punta Ballena at El Matal Ecuador, although I added palm trees to frame the view. I now know the nuances of Punta Ballena much better than before I started this painting!
Working with the prepped vinyl flat on the floor, I floated in areas of sky and water and let the washes dry before proceeding. Using several reference photos, I focused on Punta Ballena and painted for hours and hours; I worked until 11 at night! The trees came next, then the palm leaves and frigates. Several of the frigates need a little more attention, as does the water. I’d like to fine tune the waves in the foreground.
Here’s a slightly larger view of the frigates and Punta Ballena.
Photographing the 9-foot wide mural has been difficult! Short of cutting a hole in the upstairs floor, I will wait to photograph the entire painting when we install it in the restaurant!
The painting should be finished and in its new home by the weekend!