Artistic Murals By: Tamara Gerkin
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AKA: The Sunken Ship Wall
The following photographs document each stage of the KOA Fiesta Key exterior swimming pool wall mural: Each wall begins by covering the entire wall with blue tinted Exterior Latex Wall Primer. After the primer sufficiently dries for 24 hours, I use a #8 filbert brush to sketch in various compositional elements and shapes. From this point on only "Professional Quality" Fine Art Acrylic paints are used.
All though I had anticipated painting the exterior pool wall facing the Harbor when I returned to Fiesta Key several days ago, Tom had other plans for my time... And I'm so glad that he did because I'm having a blast painting the main exterior wall that faces the Marina, Campground and RV area.
(Please click on images to see larger picture)
Day One: Transformation from a brown wall to a blue primed wall.
Day Two: Once the primer dried for 24 hours, I began laying out basic design elements including fish, coral and light/dark patterns. This projected presents a special challenge due to numerous Palm Trees that are in front of the wall. I am strategically placing key shapes that will enhance the landscape and create interest for the viewer regardless of where they are standing or from what distance.
Day Three: Continuation of drawing and refining shapes. My goal is to make each fish have its own distinctive personality, even if it means that I must exaggerate their expressions and color.
(Several of these first day images will not in-large, please accept my apology for this mishap. My laptop had a slight accident and is in the shop, which means I cannot access the file to fix these problems. However, the last group of thumbnail photographs are working correctly, so feel free to click on them to see a larger picture.)
Day Four: Painting and posing for photographs to give you an idea of scale.
Day Five: Adding Fish and refining shapes.
Day Six: Creating movement in light and dark areas. (These shots were taken in the evening using flash.)
Day's ?: I have lost track of the sequence from this point on. Nevertheless, the following photographs depict several phases of this mural at different stages of completion. I hope to return to this amazing paradise to finish the "Sunken Ship Wall" mural sometime in July. (This group of thumbnails is working properly...)
Day 19: I was not able to finish this wall due to a trip to Hawaii. However, I am planning on returning to Fiesta Key in June.
Days 20-24: My focus this trip is to finish painting the exterior ship wall.
Day 25-26: Detailing the foreground with coral and smaller fish.