Here’s the second side wall of this three-wall mural. It featiures a great white shark, because the client once went diving with them.
This is one side wall of a tub surround in progress. The client is a diver and sent me all he fish pictures. The mural will wrap around the back wall and another side wall.
Just got pictures of this job installed. It’s in what used to be a closet under a sloping roof. The image is Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains at sunset, from a photo taken by the client from the street in front of his house in Ballard.
This is what all the sections of painted tile for this shower looked like after the final firing. They’ll be distributed on two walls of the shower and over the vanity mirror. It will probably be a while till I get to see the completed piece as they are not planning on doing this till August.
This is what those sections of the mural look like after the second firing.
Just starting another nice tile mural. Just to show you that china paint doesn’t change much in the firing, here are two sections of it. The first photo of each is before the first firing, the second is after.
This is what the mural looked like after the third and final firing. I did a little more deepening a few colors here and there, but mostly I did black outlines. Most china painters don’t outline like this, but most china painters are working on much smaller objects. I need this image to read from across the room. It’s now ready to be installed, and it’s been delivered. No telling when the room will be done. Sometimes it’s months. But this one is local so I’ll probably get to go see it. Stay tuned.
Here’s what the mural looked like after the second firing. I usually do almost all of the real painting in this second firing. It’s all about deepening colors, adding shading, and adding texture. In this firing I also added background colors, like the sky and the distant hills.
This is what the mural looked like after one firing. It’s mostly just background colors, and establishing shapes of things. When I need to put a solid color behind a complex shape, for instance, the sky behind the tree, I save that for the next firing.
Here’s what the mural looks like in progress. In the first shot, you can see the image drawn on the lower part of the mural. In the second shot, the top few rows of tiles are on the glazing table being painted. I was part way through painting the background color on the roof tiles when I took the picture.