Its been a few months living in California and I have made a few friend, met some of my neighbors and still some days are very tough to get through. This change is a daily reminder of the inevitability and unpredictability of life… tomorrow is not guaranteed!
This mural happened during one such day where I refused to give in and decided to channel my confusion and desperation into something eye-catching. DH was out of town for business so he couldn't pull me out of my trance and I made it with the expectation that if he doesn't like it, I'll paint right over it and bought a pint of background color in advance.
A long time ago I had seen one of my favorite blogger Alisa Burke paint a wall in her home with flowers and that inspired me to try it out. This is how the wall looked before I started. I had some black folkart craft paint on hand and decided to use it. It took me less that half of a 2 oz. paint bottle to complete this mural. I looked up some of my favorite flowers and sketched them on a scratch paper. To get a sense of scale I took a couple of round serving trays and traced huge circles on the wall, these were going to be my big flowers.
I used a small round brush and black acrylic straight out of the bottle to paint the flowers. The wall is heavily textured and that worked both in favor and against of the art work. I was so motivated to keep going otherwise the texture would be nothing but a hinderance.