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Murals: Illusion of Space

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. You may read about how I came up with the design for this very specific space in a room adapted to house a jacuzzi in my online artsnewsletter article here. I have always contemplated creating large artworks and my stint as a street painter in Florence, Italy, for four years gave me the confidence to accept a mural commission.

Thank you.
Kelly Borsheim

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!

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

As it happened, I had signed up to go to San Sebastian, Spain, to take a workshop in mural making 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 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 afterall (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, 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! Again, you may read more about the design and process by reading the newsletter here. 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

Tuscan Mural Painting 14 September 2013: Drawing the basic design on the prepared wall (done before my arrival).
[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

Tuscan Mural Painting 15 September 2013: Visitors to the family's home were fun and encouraging!
[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

Tuscan Mural Painting 16 September 2013: 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 2013: The background landscape is mostly complete. Now for the illusion of the terrace...
[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

Tuscan Mural Painting 18 September 2013: Painting receding tiles in perspective is a major part of the illusion of space.
[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

Tuscan Mural Painting 22 September 2013: 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, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

Tuscan Mural Painting 30 September 2013: Glazing with Oils to create transparent water in the pool.
[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

Tuscan Mural Painting 1 October 2013: The mural is sealed for protection.
[Tuscan Mural, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy art, mural painting in private home, jacuzzi room]

Tuscan Mural Painting 1 October 2013: 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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