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Tuscan Mural in Caprese Michelangelo

by Kelly Borsheim

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Who knew that my first mural as a professional artist would happen in the small Tuscan town, Caprese Michelangelo, in which the great sculptor, architect and reluctant fresco painter Michelangelo Buonarroti was born? Well, life has its odd twists and turns, and certainly, . . . delights!

I was hired in 2012 to paint a mural that consisted of three voluptuous babes around a pool with a Tuscan landscape in the background. Below, you may read about the process of conceiving and painting this mural, but for now, here is the final artwork. The mural is 200 x 400 cm [about 79 inches (6.5 feet tall) x 157 inches (13 feet wide)].

Tuscan Mural Private Home [Commission] in Caprese Michelangelo, Italy, 2012-2013:
[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

The jacuzzi is real, as is the small sink on the left. Within the mural the large wooden panel [a window for controlling the humidity in the room, with a small fan on the other side of the wooden door] is real. I designed specifically "around" that hole in the wall, which you may read about below.

Thank you for reading!
~ Kelly Borsheim, artist

P.S. I would be thrilled to talk to you about a mural project for your home or office. A room with a view is a great way to enhance your life!

Mural Schedule:

As it happened, I had signed up to go to San Sebastian, Spain, to take a workshop in mural painting from a friend of mine. [I had not painted a mural since my artist mother helped me create one in my bedroom with a mermaid/aquatic theme when I was about 12 years old.] The workshop lasted one month, starting in early September 2012. However, my clients would only be in their Italian home until mid-October and I also had commitments that began early that month. So, I took only the first two weeks of the workshop before returning to Italy to create a mural that was 200 cm high by 400 cm wide! I was quite nervous... newly instructed and just having worked out a few bugs in the perspective of my original design to help the illusion of space, what if I could not finish in time? I had not even completed the first project in the workshop in the two weeks that I was in San Sebastian and that was less than one-fourth the size of my commission!

Well, I am a pro after all (right?) and I worked days and most of the nights, with an insane desire to photograph my progress and even write an update on my blog as I was painting each evening! When my friend and mural teacher, Victor Goikoetxea, returned to Italy and came out to see my progress, he was completely stunned. I had finished almost everything, except the shadows, flowers on the potted plants, and a few blending details to improve the three female figures.

But time was up and I sealed the mural to protect it during the winter months. I returned with my clients in the spring of 2013 and we had another wonderful visit for a long weekend or so. Finishing touches were added and wallah! Enjoy a few selected process images below.

Thank you.
Kelly Borsheim

Tuscan Mural (detail of the main figure inviting you to come take a dip), Italy, 2012-2013:
[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

Mural Painting Process by Kelly Borsheim

[mural painting design consideration]

My first step was to map out the dimensions of the wall, locate all of the known furniture issues, and other possibly important lines. I added the magenta lines that correspond to the height of the picture window on the adjacent wall. I had at one point wondered if any window opening I designed should match up with the vista window on the other wall. Architects seem to prefer a certain kind of symmetry in the spaces they design. Site-specific works are best when they consider the site in which they exist.

The design work was done in the several months before the workshop in Spain.
This includes the many discussions with the client.
There are more images and descriptions of the design process in my newsletter October 2012,
click here: http://www.borsheimarts.com/news/2012_10-MuralPainting.htm
[mural painting idea design consideration]

Tuscan Mural Painting 14 September 2012:
Drawing the basic design on the wall (prepared before my arrival).

[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural, drawing on the wall]

Tuscan Mural Painting 15 September 2012:
Visitors to the family's home were fun and encouraging!

[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, portrait of the mural painter]

Tuscan Mural Painting 16 September 2012:
Adding a flipped version of one of the local buildings for compositional purposes.

[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

Tuscan Mural Painting 17 September 2012:
The background landscape is mostly complete.
Now for the illusion of the terrace...

[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting, terrace in perspective]

Tuscan Mural Painting 18 September 2012:
Painting receding tiles in perspective is a major part of the illusion of space.

[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting, tiles in perspective]

Tuscan Mural Painting 22 September 2012:
Painting with one hand and wiping the line clean to make it
straight with the other hand before the acrylic dries.

[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, two handed painting straight lines]

Tuscan Mural Painting 30 September 2012:
Glazing with Oils to create transparent water in the pool.

[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, glazing in oils for transparent water illusion]

Tuscan Mural Painting 1 October 2012:
The mural is sealed for protection.

[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, sealing mural for protection]

Tuscan Mural Painting 1 October 2012:
6 a.m. shot before being driven to Arezzo for the train back to Firenze.
The mural waits for spring flowers now . . .

[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

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