Karen LeGault ~Fine Art Blog

May 11, 2010

Last of Mural Completed!

Filed under: Commissions — by Karen LeGault @ 06:04

This is the last of a group of murals I have been working on since mid-March

. Three fish, a turtle, a frog, two newts and some egg sacs along with a few water lilies, completes the afternoon soiree.  The other mural images have gone through some changes as well, so will post them when I have time, hopefully tomorrow. The murals will be varnished to make them moistureproof.

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May 3, 2010

Fish Pond Mural, May 1

Filed under: Commissions — by Karen LeGault @ 05:20

Here is the latest update on the pond mural. That is a mirror there on the right side. Interesting how it makes the mural look bigger. The water was getting a little too dark for the room, so I lightened up the dark water and also stepped up the leaves in the iris about 50%.

March 24, 2010

March 23 garden mural progress at the “Flat of Medici”

Filed under: Commissions,Floral/Botanical — by Karen LeGault @ 03:42

The Garden is growing, several new horsetail ferns, some jack-in-the-pulpit, large ferns and moss filling in….  I am working on how to add some trees or suggestions of trees, without having to go all the way up to the ceiling, which would add to the cost. A trip to the Botanical Garden soon will help to give me some ideas. Much of the art of it is in suggesting changes of plane and mass so that it all seems to fall together and have a kind of earth logic of its own. There are multiple perspectives and places for the eye to move in and around the painting. The eye should be able to feel many textures and changes of temperature. It doesn’t make sense to have all these shade loving plants and no trees, so off onto the tree puzzle.

Regarding the allusion to the “Flat of Medici”, my benefactors and I were joking around about how I would refer to them in this blog, since they prefer to remain un-named.  One suggestion was – “21st century ‘flat of medici’, patron to famous artists” (or artists yet to become famous)

I will be taking a several day break from the mural. I teach all day on Wednesdays and will be getting ready for the Belmont show, which is over the coming weekend, March 26, 27 and 28. The Belmont show will be at Carlmont shopping Center near Alameda de las Puelgas, down the peninsula. I will be showing and selling both framed and unframed paintings, prints and greeting cards.

March 22, 2010

Mural evolving

Filed under: Commissions — by Karen LeGault @ 04:07
Bathroom mural evolving

The Bathroom Mural is evolving. Groups of plants coming into view, tweaking the waterfall and the large rock. Immediately to my right (not in the picture) is a roomful of cockatiel birds. We may end up with one or two in the painting. But those parrots in the room (also not in the picture) to my immediate left? I guess its not so far fetched, I did see a flock of parrots in SF along the Emabarcadero a few weeks ago.

Progress this coming week may slow down a little. I have a three day Art Festival “to do” next weekend, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Festivals are a lot of work, but fun.

March 18, 2010

New Bathroom Mural in Progress

Filed under: Commissions,Floral/Botanical — by Karen LeGault @ 02:40

Its March 15, 2010.  I am creating my first BLOG! This morning I found myself in a bathroom between two rooms full of Birds. Cockatiels, parrots, parakeets, budgees, a canary and some I don’t know how to recognize yet. Reflective of their various owners, I am listening to an amazing array of clicks, clacks, whistles, copies of answering machines, recorded messages, sirens, car alarms, excerpts from symphonies… The people who own the house babysit birds. (and dogs, cats and rabbits) I am just getting started on a mural for this bathroom. It doesn’t look like much yet, just getting started  blocking stuff in. The wall tile is a gray green, accented with plum neutrals and tints, the floor an earthy selection of dark greens, grays, gray lavenders. This picture is taken on March 16 around 6pm.

The image is just taking shape. There are a lot of decisions to make. The inspiration for the mural is Strawberry Creek in the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. The shape the image and composition will take is entirely invented though, to fit the horizontal shape of the space above where a beautiful slipper bathtub will rest.

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