Check Out My First Attempt At Mural Painting!
- March 05, 2017
- Theresa Bertuzzi
Today I started my first attempt at mural painting! I am not a painter. My only experience at painting has been three paint nights with friends but when my daughter announced that she wanted to change her bedroom to a “Doggy Room” I figured “why not give it a try.” Lord knows I can’t afford to purchase a bunch of dog themed decor or to hire a professional mural painter but I never want to let my kids down. I figured it would be pretty easy; it is not! I now know why professional mural painters are so expensive; because it takes a life time to complete! I have completed one small portion of what my daughter and I have planned for her room and my arms are killing me. The good news is that spending five hours painting and reaching does work those muscles that are still pretty weak from the muscle disease so I am going to look at it as a work out. I hadn’t realized how many layers of paint you would have to put on to get that smooth effect.
One thing professional painters do not have to deal with is the chaos of a busy household while they are at work. While I painted, my daughter and her best friend sat and watched me paint. They gasped whenever I made the smallest mistake and there was a ton of them. I dripped down the wall, painted my pants and even stepped right in the paint. Their exclamations and gasps had my hand shaking so hard that I didn’t think I would be able to get it done. Bentley, the dog who was the inspiration for the first portion of the dog mural, also insisted on spectating the entire painting session but he chose to sit right on my lap. As I painted he would also try to lick the paint. Enter my son, who believes it is his sole purpose in life to torment his sister and soon I was painting with a dog in my lap, while fighting off his attempts to lick the brush, and three screaming children who managed to not only knock over the water bowl but also smudged the mural as a pushing incident sent one child flying into the wall I was painting on. Half way through the chaos continued as we heard my husband yell from the hallway “someone bring me the hamster food!!!” He had finally found Squeakers the hamster hiding in the linen closet. There is now hamster poop all over my sheets and towels but there was much screaming and a joyful reunion was had as Squeakers was returned to her cage! http://www.beautifullybrokenblogger.com/the-great-hamster-escape/
Throughout the chaos, I kept on painting and in the end I had completed a dog that pretty closely resembles our Bentley. What is important is that my daughter simply loves it and the girls were so excited with the finished product. I will post a picture of the mural here and keep everyone updated on the progress. I am pretty happy with how this dog turned out so I am a little afraid to continue on and mess up another wall. I figure if I break it down into small projects I will have a better shot at doing a good job. So here is my first attempt at mural painting. P.S. I know the dog is a little chubby, but so is our Bentley.
Part One Bentley the Dog and a Butterfly