Bay Life Outdoor Mural

My neighbor had a whole-house generator installed at her home. Unfortunately, the contractor installed it right in front of the house directly at the end of a long driveway. She asked me to paint a bay scene of snowy white egrets for her to enhance impact the huge, white box and stand. This project involved researching primers and paints for four surfaces – vinyl, plastic, wood and metal – as well as designing a mural that could begin at the ground with bay grasses that snake up the legs of the stand and continue up onto the plastic base, the metal container and vinyl lid. It was a bit harder a task than I had anticipated because mother nature did NOT cooperate! We had a very, very wet September effectively postponing the start of my project since the self-etching metal primer was water-sensitive and would absorb any excess humidity in the air, thus failing to effectively seal the surface. 🙁  Then the colder-than-normal October forced me to paint with gloves and scarves on and witness bugs and leaves blowing into my wet paint! How do outdoor muralists do this??!! The good news: The client liked the finished project and I completed it before the inevitable snow arrives.  🙂

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Snowy White Egret

 

18 x 18
Oil on Canvas
Original: $575
Reproductions Available

Back to oils and the local birds. This is a snowy white egret that nests in the marsh grasses nearby. I never see more than a few snowy whites at a time but I see a fledgling now and again, so I know there are at least a couple of pairs. They must be very shy and who can blame them with the eagles and ospreys nearby?

 

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Snowy White Egret No.2

6 x 6
Oil on Canvas
Original $70

This little beauty lives in the marsh just east of our property. He comes out early in the morning and around dinner time. Such grace. I never tire of watching him stalk across my lawn or glide across the Bay.

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