With the studio in chaos for most of the summer, I used my free time to research mural paintings and what approach I could take to the subject.
Most potential clients like cartoon or figure like compositions. In commission work for the City, the compositions are usually rooted in the local community and historical themes. So, the challenge I face is how to develop a style that works within these limitations.
The second challenge was technical, how to use spray on large walls.
To address both challenges, I decided to use a practice wall made of several large canvases. By re-working the surface with different compositions, I could practice my technical skills while also trying out different images and compositional themes.
By the end of August, I had collected my supplies and prepared my canvases. The “Flying Pigs” composition (see below) is my first attempt.