Out of the blue (as is often the case) I was asked by a pub landlord to paint his 4 lions red. Realising that once I'd painted them a basic signal red that they looked outrageously bright and gaudy, I convinced him to let me do some more work on them (his condition being that I add some gold to them !!) The results look great, and have become an instant hit at the pub, particularly with the local kids who love to climb over them.
SInce the Brazilian restaurant where I painted some scenic murals 2 years ago is now being reworked into an Indian city centre restaurant, I thought it would be worth adding these images to my blog, as they become eradicated for good.
Painted over 4 days, the wall below was made using spray painting and brush work. With a couple of photographs of the Iguazzu Falls as source material, I built it up from roughly sprayed colours and contrasting areas, to finishing with details to create interest when looked at closely. With a painting such as this, you can get away with a lot, since the eye is naturally drawn to specific parts of the wall.
This was an enjoyable painting to do, helped by the friendliness of the owners, who have since relocated their business to a completely different part of the country.
Finished the 2 flights of staircases on Grade II listed buildings on the historic Grand Union Canal.
On closer inspection, they were in a real mess, and required scraping and brushing back to the bare metal.
When a customer requires work such as this to be carried out at the "wrong" end of the year, it becomes necessary to bide one's time and to do one's best.
Battling with the elements is not ideal, and is always worth reminding a customer that most paints require warmer conditions to dry fully and to cure / harden.
The stairs have turned out very well, and I am sure I will be called back later in the year to coat them at the "right" time. (Protektakote anti slip coatings are fantastic by the way!).