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:
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!
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.
Tuscan Mural (detail of the main figure inviting you to come take a dip), Italy, 2012-2013: