|Minnesota North Woods Mural 2004, Dawn-Marie deLara. (Panel 3 of 3) Click on picture to enlarge, click again for close-up.|
|conifer forest close-up|
It kind of took on a life of it's own. The more I painted, the more I got sucked into it, and realizing there was no way I could stick to her budget if I kept adding detail, I asked if she would mind if I worked on it off and on through the summer. Lots more detail, at no additional charge, if she didn't mind it not being finished anywhere near the original deadline.
|Panel #1 of three, Minnesota North Woods Mural, Dawn-Marie deLara 2004|
There's lots of detail on the shoreline to the left, so click to enlarge, click again for close-up.
The mural, by the way, is painted entirely with exterior latex house paint, from Diamond Vogel. Their very high quality metal primer was used, after thoroughly washing the siding. The base colors for sky and shore were mixed at the store, but for the art, I bought the pastel and deep tone bases, then used professional tints to create the colors I needed. Nearly seven years and countless hailstorms later, it is as vivid as the day it was painted, and has only suffered two nicks, when the rain gutters were changed.
So as you make your summer plans, remember, with a little imagination, lakefront property might be more affordable than you thought, and with no need to fill the gas tank to get there...hmmmmm
Info on how to commission me to create your dream get-away is on my website theartofthehome.com.
If you want to paint something like this yourself, most of the critical info is included above, but email me if you have questions. I'm happy to share what I know. dawnmariedelaragmail.com