My most recent client Terry called me when he finally got tired of looking at the same big, drab wall while walking down the stairs of his home.
Because of the position of the wall, it never looked right to hang a picture – but with the family staring at it every morning on the way to start their day, Terry definitely wanted to make it a dynamic feature in their home.
Doing a mural in the space was a great solution, but we needed to figure out what the mural needed to be! Terry wanted the colors to be bright and cheery- with blues, oranges and yellows (but no greens!). He liked the idea of alluding to beach, water, waves and sunrise – but he wanted it to be abstract and not a realistic ocean scene. Most importantly, he wanted it to be an experience where he would see something new in it each time he looked, and everybody in the house would have their own impressions.
As we collaborated about ideas, I shared my recent “Statement Walls” using patterns from nature. Terry liked the concept, and I started to share patterns from pieces of agate with suggestions for edits to achieve the look he was going for. We settled on a pattern that had the sense of churning water in the foreground with mountains and atmosphere in the background. Below is the picture of the agate:
I then edited some of the patterning and colors to dial in the look and feel to capture what Terry was looking for and did a concept painting to scale:
Terry loved what he saw, with just a few edits to some of the colors. From there, I was on to the wall!
Below is the final result, which hit the nail on the head of what Terry wanted!