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Mural Update

A little belated. My allergies usually make me miserable, because life just doesn't let a person sleep all night, get up, and fall asleep again. Sunday I went to sleep, planning to get up and paint all day on the mural. Monday, I had breakfast, sat down to read a bit because with the allergies I am sensitive to chemicals, and I figured a little digesting time away from paint fumes would be good for me, and despite it being a good book by an author I really like, I couldn't keep my eyes open. Next thing I knew, my niece and nephews were coming home from school. I did a bit more painting, stopped at a store that has a much larger selection of gluten-free stuff than anything I've found in Milwaukee, and headed home. And slept in on Tuesday too, though not to the point where it was a problem to be on time for the little bit of work I currently have.

But I promised to share a few more pictures:

My sister started a tree.  And my niece started working on windows, providing us with the comment that drawing with brushes isn't at all like drawing with pens, pencils, or on the computer. 

And we filled in the top of the room better, including the wall that's currently just incomplete clouds.

Eventually, of course, we told the niece that Monday was a school day and she had to go to bed, and played Magic cards for a bit.

One of the things I did on Monday was to start adding darker colors to the upper part of the cloud wall; the first layer of paint was chosen by the not-so-random method of using the paint that was in the painter's tray when we were ready to stop for dinner on Sunday night.

And the final update for this week is the detail work on the buildings, which is woefully incomplete.  I really wanted to get that pine tree dark green, so all that shows through of the current color is enough for highlights.  Maybe next weekend. 

And there needs to be a cat in one of those windows.  And windows behind the tree.  And....

Oh, and I snuck some blue in "behind" my sister's tree, too.

And here's hoping they find an appropriate wall plate for the switches by the door in the cloud wall, so the Hello Kitty plate can be retired to the Hello Kitty shrine in the closet!

Another update follows here.



Oct. 6th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oct. 6th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oct. 6th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, the skeletal tree with the clouds behind looks wonderful! I love the color choices on the mural.
Oct. 7th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
I love the blue. The gray works well too. We started with the blue, gray and white that were in the basement, leftovers from other walls. The yellow too. Then, this weekend, we added artists' acrylics, which I found to be a great boon--they're less wet, not being formulated for paint rollers, and drip less!

As to the tree, it's both a challenge and an inspiration to have a sister who graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago. I always learn something when I work with her.
Oct. 9th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Beautiful work! I hope your allergies give you some relief soon.
Oct. 11th, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
The allergies are ever-present! The allergens, however, can occasionally be avoided. :-D


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