Are Fine Art Mural Markets Changing?
Art Trends are growing! but not in communities like, Port Royal, Mediterra, Quail West, Pelican Bay, located in Naples Fl. Actually the market is expanding from these and other elite areas.
Fine Art, Murals, Faux Finishing, and other types of hand painted ornamental work has been on the move along with the downsizing and is actually changing through an unintended natural transitional migration.
Since the downturn in the housing market there has been much change with many who have down sized into smaller and more modest homes. But that doesn’t mean the desire to own fine art, hand painted murals, decorative art has been eliminated from their quality of life.
Of course it has slowed down considerably but it doesn’t mean the market is no longer there. In recent months I have noticed in fact that the market is actually expanding into neighboring communities that otherwise knew very little of the faux finishing and decorative arts existence. In fact it is actually helping the fine art muralists and faux finishing market because although the demand has slowed, the ones who have downsized still demand the hand painted quality of artisans just on a smaller scale. Within these more modest communities there is much to say about how the neighborly atmosphere and sense of small town community is openly shared with one another and how more than ever these days “word of mouth” type of networking goes on within the active golf communities. With a rising interest according to reports from local realtors that I associate with, it looks as if the planting of seeds for the future of the decorative arts, fine art and muralists alike are well on its way for future growth.
I have been exposed to this kind of activity in recent months and once again I was contacted by a client who had actually found me through the Art-Faux Blog while searching for an artist for a mural commission at their home in Bonita Springs Fl. The beauty of it is the clients home happened to be located in one such community that has this kind of atmosphere and I was able to make a few contacts with a couple of them who pronounced the term “faux finishing” as “fox” finishing. If it were not for the couple who contacted me in the first place who very well understand and support the arts, the other contacts probably would have never happened and given me the opportunity to educate them briefly on the decorative arts by viewing the process. Most are amazed to find out the unlimited solutions to interior design and what can be achieved with many mediums or just paint alone.
Now this was to be a rather unique kind of fine art mural in that it was to be based on a nocturnal setting in the 17th-18th century. So there was quite a bit of research that was done for this project. I’ll try to be brief with this post but with the details and a few unexpected surprises it may get some what lengthy.
Based on our discussion with the clients I put together a prelimanary sketch to get some ideas and as we moved along with some changes I came up with a basic design using a one point perspective because of the size, room layout, and view point of this 8ft x 8ft mural that was going to be installed in the dining room floor to ceiling niche. Generally, in fine art architectural elements are rendered at no less than a two point perspective. Unfortunately with the small area of where the fine art mural was to be installed a two point was not going to work. With a view from a 45 to 60 degree angle at 10 ft of either side of the view point the compositional flow would have been interrupted by distortion. I had to force a 14ft view point from the mural which was at the turning around point of closing at the inside swing of the entry door.
A little too much info? lol ….I thought so too
The figures in the drawing will be moved more than once as this is just a drawing of course. The second positioning will take place on the canvas to put them in correct perspective in relationship to the viewing plane. Normally I would have drawn this out showing the plan and plane of view but budget and time was more critical.
After pulling in the changes from the drawing I started laying in the ground work to keep things rolling. We already knew the color was going to basically be in low key cool tones so I could actually block in the night sky, background and start bringing in the architecture because we already knew where I was going with this. Moving the figures to the right and changing their position really not an issue until I realized I had to change the position of the moon due to the figures would be blocking the reflecting light source from the moon.
Well it seems everything is moving along nicely and I just adore clients who let me get lost in my mural work and just paint. There is a lot of inspiration that comes to me as I work. However you still must know your limitations and your weaknesses when it comes to faux finishing and fine art murals.
Yes the progress of this little jewel is looking better now that I have more of the midground blocked in. I can see my values much better in the sky, clouds and mountains and can begin adjusting these as I work. The buildings are starting to take on some dimension although they are looking a little on the warm side. Most artists would probably paint the buildings much cooler because of it being a night time mural scene but there’s a method to my madness which I may explain later but I am already at 1070 words and I said I would try to stay brief.
but one of my questions are is How can anyone be brief when trying to explain a fine art mural, a faux finishing technique, or even teaching for that matter?
I don’t want to drag this out but I wanted everyone to get the full gist of what went into to this nighttime fine art mural. When you see the end results I think your really going to be shocked and I just have a feeling at least some of you are going to have questions in fact I know you will so keep reading. Trust me you will find out what makes this night time fine art mural so much different soon enough and it has nothing to do with glow or blacklight paint….
So we now have brought in the sky color into the water which needs to be slightly darker in value and a tad warmer as it gets closer. For the sky I started out with a Cobalt Blue, Paynes Gray, Titan.White and using the same for the water but added a touch of Ultramarine to warm the blue as it comes forward but be very careful. The next thing was to bring some values into the cobblestone.
When painting a night time mural or fine art piece. I was given a tip by an online artist friend Warren Peterson to think more on “color value” and not so much on color. Warren is an excellent Canadian landscape artist who are one of many I socialize with online and does beautiful work. I’ll leave a link to his site at the end of my novel that I seem to writing here.
At this point I am ready to install and finish up the finer details on site. I will do this at times for a number of different reasons and sometimes I will just complete it in the studio if I need to ship it some where out side of my local area. However in this case I will be finishing it at the residence once I install it. Obviously I’ll need help with this because of the size and how it needs to be hung. Although I can paint fine art murals on or off site most times I prefer to paint on canvas. Personally I believes it gives more value to the work because it’s removable and transportable if the substrate (wall area) is properly prepared and of course I will do that also or get it done by a someone who I trust to do it right the first time. Besides that’s part of what makes this a fine art mural than just a mural. I know your next question is “What’s the difference between the two” and I would love to explain but I believe that’s another subject that would deserve another post of it’s own.
Surprise! Presto Chango!
I told you there would be a surprise at the end!
There is a very special story behind this fine art mural and one that for some reason I feel I was chosen to paint. Certainly it wasn’t about the money, and as most of you who know and follow me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and other social media venues, know by my business advice that I share freely from my own mistakes and experiences that I have learned by attending the proverbial ” School Of Hardknocks” how I am an advocate about making smart business decisions and separating personal feelings from them.
Business sense told me that I should have not taken on this project but there are powers that be that I can not explain that have been guiding me in a direction that have nothing to do with personal decisions. Instinct? Could be…but to be honest it’s much more powerful than that. You see making personal decisions are controlled by ones own vanity in my opinion and I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and ever since I was a young man I knew that painting would always be my way of life good or bad.
But what is it that I am meant to do?
Surely, I wasn’t meant to be a starving artist…or was I?
What ever the case may be I know that it has chosen me and there is much more metaphysically to this fine art mural that I have yet to name.
I will explain more in detail about this mural on my next post.
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