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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:59 am    Post subject: "Monuments de Paris" scenic wallpaper mural Reply with quote

a couple of months ago i started this scenic mural and have had a few interruptions getting it done, but now it's getting close to being finished, so i thought i'd share the progress so far!

the clients asked for something with scenes from Paris but "not too postcard-y", "not too romantic" and "no action" (a lot of these scenic papers have battle scenes in them or are populated with dancing ladies in period costume)
they were planning to order something from DeGournay but not only was it hugely expensive but it would take 8-12 months to get it, and then they'd have to cut half of it off to fit it in their room.

so I was called in by the designer to make something that looked like a classic papier peinte panoramique in exactly the color, size, and style they want.

combing through my fabulous book French Scenic Wallpaper 1795-1865 I found the marvelous "Monuments de Paris" by Dufour, which is now an extinct paper, last printed in 1820, there are few examples of it left. it's flat and relatively still, all of the monuments are pre-Hausmann era buildings, and I could easily edit the arrangement and content to suit the client's wishes.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

in San Francsico, our City Hall has a dome that is copied from les Invalides in Paris. (pictured above) although ours is a bit smaller... so I chose this building as my center image.

serendipitously, one of my favorite blogs Surface Fragments, featured this same wallpaper in Alan's post about a possible project using this same mural. I contacted Alan and we agreed to share reference material. (translation = I begged him for whatever images he had as I had so little to work with)

turns out, we had both already looked under every rock and come up with the same things.

So armed with only medium sized digital images I began design work, and worked out a palette based on the values in the images.

as I am painting this mural in a monochromatic palette, the black and white documentation i was using was actually ok to work with.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this paper was block-printed. so in painting in this style, there can be no blending, and colors must be opaquely painted and repeated. also we need to preserve a flat, regular surface. no touching up, no erasing.
i wanted to use casein for this mural, but because the mural may have to be relocated in a few years, and there are small children in the house, i decided to use matte fluid acrylics, as they are more durable and flexible.
i made a scale maquette and a full sized sample to work out the details, color, and painting method

it looked a bit wobbly but it was mainly for my own reference to test the values.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

then we had to do a lot of drawing, and looking at google images to find details in real buildings that were not visible in our reference material.

started blocking in the paint colors starting from the background out, keeping it flat and opaque.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

created a stencil of a clump of leaves to paint the trees as flat and as even as possible


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very pretty, it has a nice flow and the colors are great. What a fun project.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a dream project! I think you nailed the trees..I love the way you approached the highlights on the foliage. Are you making "seams" as well? Sometimes, the seams show in a subtle way in the handblocked papers.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good point theresa, and i actually suggested doing this on paper and letting the seams be part of the look, but they want this to look modern and clean and to be removable as they plan to move in a few years.

so we went fora very still, clean style. it's kind of interesting what you can choose to emphasize



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still- flat--- grisaille.... not my usual mural!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful Lynne- very nicely done!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love your work, I bet your clients are thrilled.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clean and crisp...wtg lynne
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marry me Lynne and work on my house, I must be dreaming.drat.

Loved meeting you at IDAL, great memories.

Spent many holidays in Paris was our second home you have captured it so tranquil. love it. The only major city in the world where you can relax and watch the world go by.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Lynne.
It certainly has the feel of the wall paper reference.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah, brian, if only i were 20 years older. *cough*

hey if you spent so much time in Paris, maybe you can tell me what this building is. I have no idea.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i am hoping as of today we are finished with buildings. tomorrow i will add some people and a boat or two.

the color is not grey, it's all raw umber and van dyke brown mixed into white. makes a lovely soft warm color.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also have still to finish the trees and do something with the foreground.

as you can see i still have a lot of work to do... and we are installing on Monday I hope!



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lynne! This is fantastic! Those trees are lovely...and they have a great sense of dimension even though it is a "flat" style. And the color (or lack thereof) is perfect. you really nailed this!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

going to chime in once more to shout out to my crew on this. it's not just a royal "we" i am using in these posts.
this mural is the work of my whole studio, including some talented minions. "NO BLENDING" has been our battle cry

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lynne, this is beautifully painted, you really out did yourself on this project BRAVO!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its incredible!! thanks for posting all your steps, its really interesting to see how much work is involved in a project like this.
Can't wait to see it installed!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great what a team you have! I am looking forward to seeing what you do with that forefront. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mural is finished and packed. installation tomorrow!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is really great. I have always wanted a client that would go for one of these types of murals. Great job, as always!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: lynne Reply with quote

That is wonderful! What a great project! Awesome. Can't wait to see it installed. Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lynne this looks great! Thanks for showing the steps. i love the "no blending" too. Not my natural style either, but I think it works well for murals in homes.
Lets them sit back on the wall- not trying to be illusionistic-same w/ the minimal chroma.
Terrific job!!

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