Trains are fun, especially for children. But once you get inside you realize you can no longer SEE the train. This drawing shows “Mimi” hanging on to her grandson who is determined to lean out of the window to watch the train as it moves down the track.
Carbon pencil and colored pencil on color paper. 10″ X 10″
Progress is not always a good thing. The important thing is our attitude toward it and the ability to make the most of it.
The finished mural has 49 monkeys (and a frog). Most were drawn to illustrate a variety of activities that the parents will be able to discuss with the child as he grows up.
There are too many to show much detail. If you’d like to see something up close contact me and let me know. There are also several that have special personal references for the parents or, in some cases, just for me. Hey, artist’s license.
With the line drawings in place I added all the solid colors. Once the colors were done, fine details, shading and highlights were added.
With the mural complete it was time for other folks to add the window treatments, bed coverings and so on and to wait for the baby to arrive. But that was out of my control.
After the planning was over I put the drawings on newsprint and toted them to Phoenix. Using the room sketches as a guide I taped the drawings on the wall and transfered the images using plain old carbon paper.
After some minor adjustments I made line drawings on the walls using an acrylic paint pen.
Assignment: Paint a mural of a bunch of monkeys doing a bunch of different things on three walls and entry way of a baby’s room. Since the walls were 1,100 miles away the planning needed to be good. There was lots of emailing going on. The room, it’s windows, furniture, etc. were measured and graphed at 1 foot units. Various sketches were made of the monkeys. After changes, computer illustrations were made to give an idea of what the room would look like.
The image on the left is an initial sketch. Many changes were made after that. The middle computer image was done from scanned drawings placed to scale on a wall and then skewed to give the appearance of the corner of the room. The third image superimposed the scanned drawings over photos of the actual room.
This is a painting of a father and son, separated by war, seeing each other for the first time. It could be any war. It just happens to be World War II, my father and me.
Acrylic paint on canvas, 18″ X 24″