This peaceful river scene is actually a collage of the clients favorite places, tied together into one cohesive image. That’s my client, Don, fly fishing on the McCloud river, and his wife Nancy creating a needlepoint creation for a grandchild. They have a beautiful view of Half Dome as well as their favorite family home, and a golf course tucked into the scene. This wall can be seen from several rooms in the house, and it creates a peaceful backdrop to the patio seating. (Find closeups of this project here)
Perks of the job: Learning the finer points of casting (don’t bend your wrist) and more about rainbow trout: they swim upstream, so they can catch food, not, as I lazily concluded, downstream. (But it would be so much easier for the fish!) Also, my painting schedule. I loved starting work at 6 am, and calling it a day when the wall got hot in the full sun, around 11 am.
Can you see the fish swimming upstream?
This nursery mural was an adventure because the day before I was to begin the project we changed the concept from “Out of Africa” to Waikiki beach, their favorite vacation destination. The soon-to-be father is a surfer and sells swim and surf gear online (www.swimoutlet.com and www.surfoutlet.com), so the beach theme was a perfect fit for the nursery of their soon-to-arrive baby boy. I will return to the wall in a a couple months to write the child’s name in the sand.
Perks of the job: Clients flowing the love with coconut water and fish tacos. Nice!
I painted the upstairs and downstairs of an amazing playhouse, built by my client. This structure was truly a labor of love for his three children, with a plexiglass floor set in upstairs to see the downstairs entry, a long slide, and a pulley outside the window of the “control room” so his son Travis could have snacks and art supplies delivered without leaving his busy world in the playhouse. I feel humbled and privileged to be able to put the “icing on the cake” to this fantastic playhouse. (Check out all the safari animals here.)
Perks of the job: When Travis and I settled in to paint the details on the control panel (he painted the treasure map) Travis said with complete sincerity, “This is the best day ever!!!” I felt the same way. Nothing like childlike enthusiasm to put the whole world right on track.
I hope you are having a great summer. I look forward to seeing you at my art show on September 15!
Blessings to you!
Morgan Mural Studios