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.
Here’s the drawing for my latest custom tile mural. This will be 3’ x 6’. This has just been approved by the client, who showed me a straight on view of a house similar to this one, and a list of flowers they’d like in the picture. So I turned the house sideways to give space for the other flowers.
This is one of the smaller pieces I’ve done lately, only 6 6” x 6” tiles, but it will make a charming accent in a shower.
This little custom tile mural just went home today. It will go behind a stove. The images of the fish were taken from images captured by the client’s set camera in his stream.
Hi. It's time once again for the annual Seattle Home Show. I'll be showing my tile murals again in Booth #634. If you're planning on attending, go to the Home Show webs site, click on Get Tickets, click One Adult, and enter the promo code on the graphic below. It will get you 2-for-1 entry and $5 parking. I hope I'll see you there.
This piece got installed recently. It’s based on some art work my client sent me.
These tiles just went home over the weekend to some close neighbors. The background view of Mt. Rainier is from a picture they sent me from their cabin in the South Sound. The three and tidelands were from pictures I had taken to add some interest to the foreground. This will go in their new kitchen backsplash.
I posted a picture of these tiles back in November of 2017 right after they were finished and laying on the table in my studio. They finally got installed, the room finally got finished, and I finally got up to the island to shoot them. This is a fanciful map of Whidbey Island, with local attractions, some of which you’d have to live there to get. My favorite is the Kraken eating the Victoria Clipper boat. It also features the North Pole up by the ceiling, the South Pole near the floor, New York and Florida off to the right, and the Olympic Mountains, complete with Susquatch, on the left. Clients like this don’t come along very often.