Wall Murals

Wall Murals and Wall Paintings by Kay Martin

I love creating wall murals especially travel scenes on commission.

In June 2009 I was excited to be able to create, not just a mural, a wall painting on canvas. It was 10 feet high and 12 feet wide spanning one wall of a dining room in Austin. The client wanted a favorite scene of his recreated and updated on his wall. The original scene was 6 inches by 10 inches from a cigar box he had purchased in Paris many years ago. It was a nostalgic scene of "Old Paris" circa 1930's.

This wall painting took over one month. It is rendered in full color, with under painting (seen in the photographs that I took while the piece was in progress). The perspective was unusually difficult, the tower at far left created it's own perspective as did the two disappearing streets. I did enlist help from Joan Lawson, a friend and fellow artists for "new eyes". She visited the work site several times to make sure I wasn't too myopic, busy fussing over one small area when a building was leaning and about to fall because the perspective was off a bit!

I added several period shoppers, a couple or two and deleted the horse, cart and old fashioned vehicle (at the client's request). I added the client in the far right side balcony (overlooking the street scene that he loved).

All of the sky was painted with a one inch brush, the blending and variation of coloring took 3 - 4 days alone. I enjoyed making the buildings, walls and signs on the walls look like many years of old, pealing paint. That was fun!

In past years I have painted several Tuscan scenes with vineyards, villas and cypress trees. One was in the "Parade of Homes" in 2004.... a mural of a villa in a vineyard...painted behind a bar. Sadly, I have no photos of this mural.

I have also painted bar areas, vine cellars and children's rooms with animals, birds and a host of mythical creatures (all happy!).

If you have a travel scene from a photograph you want on a wall in your home, let me know. I stay within budget and on time.

Kay Martin, N.A.P.A.

Revised: November, 2009