Mural up

I think this is my first ceiling mural.  Kinda odd for a skyscapist but there you go.  This is definitely my first shower mural.

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It is actually a rectangle, the arched doorway partly obscures the top left corner.  And no, I’m not sure what they’re going to put in the unfinished fitting hole.

Spider – added bits

A couple people suggested some markings on the spider – so I put a couple dabs of white on when I’d finished painting the stucco at the other end of the house…..

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I’m guessing here at spider markings…

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Then I thought I’d add some red to make it more feroceous-looking.

That’s it, I’m done!

Spider day 7

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I used my rusty knowledge of six legged things to come up with head, thorax, abdomen.  I was thinking of a straw colored spider.

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Then I went and did a bit of research – spiders don’t have a separate head and thorax, so there was a bit of a rework in order to make this anatomically correct.

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Then I realized I’d put the legs on the abdomen, not the thorax, so a bit of reworking again to make it correct.

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Fixed all the booboos and starting to work on the cast shadow.

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Shadows in and the eyes.  All I need now is the twinkle in those eyes.

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The full view.  And you can see I’ve also completed the maintenance on the edge of the roof.  Of course now Ken’s thinking I should add some markings to make it more dangerous looking.  Maybe.

Spider day 6.

I wasn’t happy with the shadows, still.  Thought they were too dark.  I experimented with going over some with a thinned down layer of Kilz2.

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It’s subtle but the shadows on the lower part and the left are ligher, and I’m happier with them.

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Lightened all the existing shadows and finished the rest.  Then my sweetheart tempted me with an offroading bicycle ride, so I decided the Spider itself can wait.

 

Spider day 5.

Well, I’m saying spider but I’m actually still on the web.  No pun intended.

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Today I had company.  There were two water main breaks in the area.  This was the one I located.

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I continued working on the shadow this afternoon.  I’d spent the morning prepping other parts of the house for a lick of paint, sanding and putting in filler.

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Can you spot the mistake?  I had to go white it out with Kilz.  Fortunately in the afternoon’s dessicating breeze, I didn’t have to wait long for it to dry.

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On two occasions I had an audience as the workers vented the hydrant just outside the corner of my property and created a lake in the street.

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The workers wrapped up just when I had finished the shadows for all the spokes, so it seemed like a good time to quit.

Spider day 4

Didn’t get a lot of chance to work on it today – other errands had to take precedence.  I started work on the shadows.  Spent a lot of time color mixing.

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Really not happy with this, too dark.

So, back to the mixing pots in the studio.  I’m doing the mural using some craft paint that I was given – I’m going to paint something new in a year or two so not worried about longevity.  Amazing how difficult getting a lighter shade was.

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Kilzed over the too-dark shadows.  Still think it’s a little dark.  We will see how it looks in sunlight in the morning.

Spider day 3

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Just keep going.  Storm is coming in, but I want to finish the web today.

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This is the dangerous bit.  Just to the right of the rabbit brush bush is a nest if fire ants.  I already have my share of bites.

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Ok, that’s enough for today.

More spider!

A little bit of progress on the spider mural today.

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Start circling…..

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…what a tangled web I’m weaving….

Right down to the details on the wall is a different story.  The surface is really rough and not easy to paint on.

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OK, that’s enough for today.

 

Spider alert!

I decided to do a new mural.  I’d never been happy with the moon, but had never really made the effort to fix the problems:

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So seeing as I have more time on my hands, I thought there was no excuse.  I had enough Kilz to go over the moon.

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I sketched out guidelines for the rays of the web using a string and two pencils, so I could more accurately get the fall of the threads.

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Painting in the top of the rays where the side of the garage is in the shade.

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Getting there!  Decided to put a rough outline of the spider in to figure out how big I want it to be.

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That’s enough for the first day.  It’s a really rough siding board and not easy to paint detail on!  And maybe my neighbors driving by will enjoy a bit of entertainment as the spider progresses. 

Mooning around

I never could see the man in the moon, except when the Apollo program was running.  And yes, I’m old enough to remember it – but also young enough to have wished that I’d been ten years older to better appreciate it.

I always saw the rabbit in the moon. So, I decided to paint it, seeing as I had an aging bucket of gesso and some craft paints that needed to be used or lost.  I thought it would be good to get this done while it was still cool enough to paint outside, and I just got finished in time.  The sad part is that whether or not anyone is happy with it, it’s now going to be too hot to paint outside in the light, so Salton City is stuck with this one until October.

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The Rabbit in the moon.