Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

A small group of boutique hotels (7) keeps a second painter on the payroll for one purpose. To paint “realism murals.”

 

G.B. sketches what he wants to re-create in a specific area, at a specific hotel. A graphic designer formalizes the painter’s sketches, including chip colors; textures and patterns; depths and reflections.

 

Then, the designer projects, or hand-draws the images onto the surfaces.

 

And, G.B. hand-paints and details the reproduced design. Ten years ago, he still handled every phase, from conception-to-completion. Today, at seventy, he’s content with what he can do.

 

The hotels’ owners keep G.B. very busy. It takes time to create an original mural. Sometimes months. Even when working at it full-time.

 

The finished effect is always captivating. Like his re-creation of the sandy Bal Harbour beach in South Florida. You have to watch where you walk (on the hotel’s sidewalk). That you do not step on a sea turtle, or a live crab, or a washed-up shell. The mural is that real.

 

One of my favorite “Scenics” depicts the tree-top scene from the 1992 film, Medicine Man, starring Sean Connery. The scene overlooks the Amazon jungle, and the winding, densely bordered river thousands of feet below. The hand-painted mural so real that you feel the mist gently pricking your cheeks, and the breeze brushing through your hair.

 

G.B. belongs to an elite group of painters. Commercial painters that sustain a good living as full-time muralists.

 

Sears, Roebuck and Company used to employ a painter to design and hand-paint graphics murals at their high-revenue stores. Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and others did the same.

 

Karen, an Indiana graphics and advertising artist, designed and hand-painted her first mural in the 1980s. A jungle/animal scene that “grew” along a long corridor in a pediatrician’s office. She applied a special-formulated clear coat over the finished mural. To protect the surfaces from all of the “touches.” By little and big people!

 

I’ve worked on a number of original murals. Mainly graphics, objects, and architectural structures. Each design concept was sold to, or conceived by, the client: hotel/resort, hospital, store, corporation, school, home owner, etc.

 

Artists like G.B. and Karen are the real pros, though. Gifted with the ability to re-create the finest details of any part of nature. A tiger’s coat and claws and a parrot’s feathers and beak. An acacia tree’s small, yellow, puff-ball-like clusters of flowers. A grape vine’s veins and nobs.

 

On Thanksgiving Day, G.B. called from the boutique hotel, where he just started painting a scene from the southwest section of the Florida Everglades.

 

The mural will measure 80 feet long. Wrapping around the lobby like years of “free living and un-tampered overgrowth.” G.B.’s little catch phrase to describe the design, based on his first visit to the Everglades. When he was only nine!

 

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“Free living and un-tampered growth…”

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Thank you, always, for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

 

Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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