California Murals~Part 2

The Small Scale California Murals


When I wasn’t working on a grand scale I painted lots of small storefront murals. Here on the Sweet Thangs Bakery in San Francisco.sweetthings_1web

I used my old trick of a cast shadow to enhance the realism.


Here on Sue Fisher King boutique in San Francisco. That is the real Pumpkin lying in the foreground.

Above the gate was this large landscape.


A small deli in Mill Valley, CA hired me to paint a gaggle of geese on their wall.



I don’t remember who this cute dog watching me was-but she followed my every brushstroke.


I was a very young painter back then.


The Window and Door Murals

One of the projects I most enjoyed was a small, square foyer in San Francisco. It had  four doors and no windows.


I painted the “wall” with sanded, stucco-like paint. Then I made it look as if it was a wall with sky above.


When it was done it looked like a sunny courtyard with openings to deep, landscape views.


Creating deep perspective is one of the tricks to successful trompe l’oeil. Painting all these ovals was a stretch, but I think it worked.


Open windows, with views beyond, are popular trompe l’oeil subjects. They transform a flat, blank interior wall into a dimensional space.




Murals like this work especially well in confined spaces where there are limited viewing angles. Quite a lot of illusory distance can be created.


I was asked to include portraits of the client’s three young sons in this one.


I used my old tricks of perspective and light to create believable space.


Later, I used this young boy as my model for the child in my picture book of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem Block City.


A pair of armoire doors sets up a humorous contrast between his and hers. I wish I’d painted these to appear even more shadowy and deep.


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