This is a collage of photos I took of the Trompe l’Oeil I was commissioned to paint at a man’s house in Gooseberry hill eariler this year.
At first he just wanted the vine growing over the door way but after a while excitment and ideas bloomed into a bigger plan as i was asked to paint a window with a sea view, then pots, then more plants, a sea shell, cracks… he was especially exstatic about the illusion of cracks here and there. it started when I decided one of the pots should be broken, then since he liked that effects I added a couple of suttle ones around the window, since rocks ebedded in another material dont last forever, it just seemed right. I took a few tips from a book by a Trompe l’Oeil artist in sydney. she has such an amazing house… i cant remember her name though. I’l remember in a minute, anyway, I flipped through her book as I painted looking for inspiration for giving the mural more impact. like adding shaddows to the pots, the cracks of course, and stencils for the leaves, over lapped, from dark green, to lighter and then the final ones with the moast detail. AH! found the artist! Peta Laurisen, author of the Internationally Acclaimed Book “Creating Grand Illusions” http://www.petalaurisen.com/peta.htm