Monday, March 29, 2010


Sunday, March 28 - the mural is finished!

It was a lot of fun - I got to work with three outstanding helpers: Becky DeMarco, Liberty, aka Libby Couch and Shannon White, and one valuable professional consultant, Paul Scibilia.
Thanks to the many residents of this historic building for the encouraging words as they watched the progression of the work, and thanks to Patrick and Anthony, who were there when we needed them to provide building access and help with equipment.
Most of all, thanks to David and Peggy Chiarella, who commissioned the work and facilitated its completion.

A little tromp l'oeil (fool the eye)
Stylized cacti are very Art Deco and draw you in to view the mural as you enter the building
The addition of the cactus in the front adds to the illusion of depth.
Building front
Whew! We're finished!

Friday, March 26, 2010


In reply to questions about the size of the mural, here is a full view with me in it.

I keep tweaking these two.

Come on in - the water's...almost finished!

After 10.5 hours yesterday, the mural is almost finished!
Had to finish the upper parts since the scaffolding is being picked up today, added 2 ladies on the side of the pool and worked on the myriad little details that just keep making themselves apparent to the perfectionist in me.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MARCH 24th

Today we added details - frames on the windows and the important element of tiles in perspective on the front edge of the pool. This helps with the illusion of reality and depth.
The columns on both sides are finished and the lintel across the top is complete - important since the scaffolding is being picked up tomorrow!

Sophisticated Mom

Monday, March 22, 2010

We're making progress - the goal is to be finished by Friday.
Everything takes about twice as long as I think it will, and I try to plan for that, but perfectionism is working against me!

Making progress!
Mother and son


Friday, March 19, 2010

First Day Posting!

It's a new blogspot for Art ala Carte! We'll start by previewing my current project - a huge mural in an his
toric building in Savannah, Georgia. Currently a condo building, 119 West Oglethorpe was built in the 1920s as a YWCA, complete with a large indoor swimming pool. That pool still exists today, though in disrepair, and hasn't been used for a few years. As a tribute to the age of the building and the pool in it's prime, we are painting a mural of the old pool on the interior wall of the lobby.

Blank wall - this is the "before."

The pool still exists, but looks forlorn.

Front door

Becky, working on the scaffold
, duplicating the window

Libby, up in the air

Progress to date

Detail, woman swimming
Stay tuned - this mural will be finished by
a week from now.