Preparatory watercolor sketch of the Caribbean mural

Preparatory watercolor sketch of the Caribbean mural

Caribbean Mural

My friends Anji and Rick had wanted a Caribbean mural for their apartment for some time. Frequent visitors to Antigua in the Caribbean and owners of several of my paintings (see blog on Anthuriums), they learned I would be in Bristol in July 2014. Would I be able to paint their mural during that period? They sent me photos of their sitting room, where they wanted the Caribbean mural, and I painted a watercolor incorporating their furniture and the mural which I emailed them for their approval. The theme and colors were loosely based on a watercolor of palm trees by a sea shore that they had bought from me last time we met in Antigua. They were happy with my proposal and we were all set to go! Their sitting room was put together by Anji, who designed much of the furniture herself. The mixture of textures and colors produced a beautiful harmony which I didn’t want to overwhelm with the mural: the idea was for it to blend into the background. The sofa itself is already a work of art in its own right!

A work in progress

A work in progress

I used a large spirit level for the various sea horizons and a step ladder for the sections of the wall slightly out of my reach. I was delighted to discover that the paint used on the walls was perfectly amenable to my signature drips. The acrylic paint was heavy body Liquitex diluted with water to give a pastel effect but highlighted with accents of brighter color.

Part of the mural with the door open

Part of the Caribbean mural with the door open

Part of the mural behind the sofa & hidden by the open door

Part of the Caribbean mural behind the sofa & hidden by the open door. Note that the two formerly  noticeable wall control switches are now disguised as part of a palm tree!

The rest of the mural showing the sun-like clock and the banana palm on the far wall by the window

The rest of the Caribbean mural showing the beautiful  sun-like clock and the banana palm on the far wall by the window.

I think we were all pleased with the results. And it was really good to catch up with Anji & Rick again.

Banana palm: note the lizard on one of the leaves!

Banana palm close up: note the lizard on one of the leaves!

Caribbean mural with the door closed and Anji's gorgeous sofa!

Caribbean mural with the door closed and Anji’s gorgeous sofa before putting the rest of the furniture back.