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Mural Painting
By Paul A Raymonde

Mural painting, as distinguished from other forms of decorative artwork is a painting applied directly to a wall. It is a concept that been used by humanity from the most ancient times up until the present day. The earliest known history of this type of decoration was the cave drawings and paintings of the neo-lithic period. In this way early man used mural art to bring nature or fantastic-nature into his living space.

In later times the Byzantines, Egyptians and almost all ancient civilizations used murals to describe not only the nature around them but also their interpretation of nature through sacred myths and stories. A characteristic of this later, more sophisticated mural art was the use of decorative features such as frames, borders and geometrical patterns, which might accompany the theme of the painting and help it sit comfortably in the architecture that it decorated. In modern times we still see murals being painted, but now often as political propaganda or commercial advertising. The availability of wallpaper and other commercial decorative features has made painting an expensive option but fortunately there still exists a market for purely decorative murals. In popular culture spray can graffiti has created its own heritage of mural art. Trompe L'Oeil. The late Greek and Roman period discovered the decorative the use of trompe l'oeil - that is making a flat wall surface seem as if it is 3D architecture, simply by painting it on with light and shade. Impossible architectural fantasies became possible in the hands of an artist. In Pompeii and Herculaneum there are many surviving murals using fantastic trompe l'oeil. The technique really came into it's own in the Renaissance period.

Ceilings became decorated as skies full of clouds and cherubs, walls had balustrades and pillars giving onto fantastic landscapes with battles raging and mythological creatures roaming. In the hands of the great Italian masters churches and palaces were decorated with masterpieces in this style at which we still marvel today. Mural Art Techniques. The techniques of the earliest painters were not necessarily best for the survival of their works. The cave painters most probably drew directly onto the rock with blocks of pigment or charcoal, using no medium to adhere the paint to the surface. Where examples survive, such as Lascaux in France, the limestone ground has become calcinated with natural dampness over time and has spontaneously adhered the pigment to the wall. It is known that the Ancient Egyptians had Gum Arabic (resin from the Acacia tree - which we still use as the binder for watercolours).

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They also used egg tempera (pigment bound with the white of an egg). Most importantly where murals are concerned, they understood how to paint 'fresco'. That is, painting raw pigment into fresh lime plaster before it dries. Most surviving murals of antiquity and the renaissance have used this technique. The great advantage of this technique is that the pigment colour combines with the natural calcination of the plaster as it dries, so it never fades. Subsequently, the technique of fresco was passed down from Greek to Roman and Roman to the Renaissance, so it has left us with a rich legacy of ancient art with which to understand the psychology and wisdom of our ancestors. For examples see www.paulraymonde.com

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Mural Art - Why I Like to Paint BIG,
Why Murals Are Positive Elements in the Communities
By Banding Hendrix

Painting a mural is the most gratifying experience that I have had. Painting at least the size of real life almost makes the mural come to life. As if I can step and walk into the painting, step or walk into my mind. In a sense it is like I am stepping into myself. I have painted quite a few large murals for clients. Every one has been super rewarding. I learn more about painting in one mural then I learn in painting a dozen small paintings. If I had to pick one size to paint all the time it would be mural size. ~Why I feel artists Mural Mural Art can define time. All of our ancestors participated in mural arts. They used murals to describe history, events, timelines, possible future events, maps to the heavens, sacred rituals etc.

Mural art is empowering, it takes the subject matter to the very edge of bringing it to actual life because of the magnitude of its size. Murals involve communities and they bring people together. Brings people in the community together because murals usually are a reflection of the community. Whether the community is a rural town or large inner city they help educate by showing culture, diversity, history and help to beautify the area. ~Using the Grid to mural~ When I execute a mural I sometimes like to use the grid method to get my image on the wall. I do this depending on the intensity and detail of the mural. For those of you that don't know the grid method I will briefly explain, You draw out the image on a smaller sheet of paper.

After you draw it you use simple math to construct a grid on top. Example. I will make 1inch by 1 inch squares on top of the drawing. Depending on the size of the wall I make a larger grid to scale. I will make the squares in the larger grid sometimes 1 foot, 2 foot, 3 foot etc. The size of the grid on the wall depends on the size of the wall. The bigger the wall the bigger the squares. The largest mural I have painted was in the Scottsdale museum of fine arts, it was 40 feet long by 24 feet tall. I used 2 foot squares for the grid. The purpose of the grid is to find where you are in in perspective and proportion giving you guide lines to follow. ~Briefly how to Begin to mural~ My biggest goal is to continue to travel around the world painting murals. There is a formula to ever success. In order to get hired to paint murals in your community as well as all around the world you have to start murals. It is difficult sometimes because as a full time artist you need eat and earn money.

You also need to get your name out there and let the community know that you are a muralist. To get your name exposed a muralist will donate his/her time to the community and does a few murals for little or no pay. This is done because you need to build a portfolio of murals in order to be sought out by other organizations that need murals to be done. Once the artist has about half a dozen legitimate murals then the ball starts rolling a bit and you might start to get a few paying gigs. Because I had a reputation already with the community and I have built a strong clientele of people that buy my art, starting to find mural art work came naturally. ~My First Large Art Mural~ Before I executed my first mural I had painted large on canvas 5 foot x 10 foot. My first mural I painted was 40 feet long by 24 feet tall. I was a little overwhelmed at first. This was to be executed in the Scottsdale museum of the arts. I was a little nervous because I had never painted this big let alone in a first class museum. I took control of my anxiety and got to work.

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We had scaffolding, ladders, drop cloths, tools and paint, lots of paint, the whole nine yards.... I gridded the whole wall out with 2 foot by 2 foot squares. After doing the grid I felt way more confident. I drew my picture all out. After I drew it out I started with the color fills. Before I knew it the mural was taking shape and form and I was feeling not just better about myself but proud of myself. The point is: You have to have a strategy, a plan of action with well laid out steps for anything to be accomplished. Now I paint murals all the time, I am known to finish them sometimes in less then a few hours. But it took hard work, willing to have a open mind to learn and a honest sense of humility.

My goal is to continue to paint murals. Travel while doing it. Combine the elements of abstract art, modern wall art, Buddha art, pop art and stencil art into the creations that I partake in. Also to continue to get paid well while doing it and contribute to the communities. My first name is Banding (pronounced Bonding) my last name is Hendrix. I live and breathe for the art movement. It is my true calling. I'm originally from San Francisco, but residing now in Scottsdale, AZ. Coming from a multi-racial background I was taught to embrace and love all cultures.

I am influenced by those cultures, as well as the unlimited possibilities of beauty and life... My style is Progressive, I pull ideas from surrealism, abstract, pop art, & urban art. Experiencing and questioning the essential metaphysical nature of the mind and transcendental thought. Using the medium of paint to explore and experience the spiritual and supernatural. I call my art "progressive" because I am always seeking improvement and growth while I aim to crystallize internal perfection through art. True art is an outward manifestation of an inner reality that has the potential for beauty and total perfection. I believe we are all perfect entities internally; manifested as spiritual beings.

It is our own lack of understanding and perception that keeps us from reaching our full potential as human beings. I gain a better understanding of that inner reality when I use myself as a creative medium. I also aim to create an emotional stimulation within the viewer and my art work - I plant a seed in their mind that takes root and flowers. mural art [http://www.bandinghendrix.com]

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Fine art murals help to add a touch of grandeur and glamour to your home or office, speaking greatly about your rich and extravagant tastes. Fine art murals are creative interior/exterior home/building decorations and are solid financial investments. Art mural paintings aren't just decorative items, but pieces of modern, contemporary, social commentary, political statements and intriguing art expressions that dates back to the first caveman paintings.

Fine art murals represent enormous range in styles and color harmonies and you'll simply lose yourself seeing the diverse combinations of rich fine colors and interesting concepts on interior/exterior walls and as you explore the street of most major cities. Rio de Janeiro Brazil art murals is ubiquitous. The murals exists in all corners of the city from the favela to upper class neighborhoods. The diverse range of fine art murals pieces that you'll encounter while walking the streets of Rio de Janeiro Brazil transcends all socioeconomic neighborhoods and truly bring the city to life. Other international cities to see interesting wall murals include London, Paris, Stockholm, New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

The price of wall murals range from expensive to less pricey depending on your region and city. Emerging mural artist are usually more flexible regarding the rate they will charge for a original wall mural. The price of murals can range from hundreds of dollars to several thousands. If you are looking to add luster and glamour to your home, office, or building and are ready to invest in a exquisite mural art painting, then you shouldn't wait a single minute. Contact a local muralist or find one online. A muralist to consider is Atlanta based artist Corey Barksdale. Check out his website: mural artist @ www.coreybarksdale.com

If you are just beginning your search for a mural artist you can utilize the following steps. The first thing to do, is contact one of the several reliable, knowledgeable, and genuine mural artist in your area or online who create fine art murals and have profound knowledge about the various aspects of a creative, expressive, and eye-catching fine art murals. Mural artists online websites can guide you in selecting the best artist per your budget and tastes.

Here are a few muralist sites to explore.
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You've got a bit of work to do as well. You should visit a lot of mural artist websites or in person and educate yourself about mural materials, mural design considerations, design quality, mural subject considerations, and your city ordinances. Explore previously created art murals and scrutinize them carefully. Relax and enjoy the process of selecting a muralist. Below, are some tips to help you when buying fine art murals.

1. You have to remain careful and thoughtful while analyzing each mural artist online website or fine art muralist in person.

2. You'll also need to try and understand the artist's inspiration or origin of the art murals that will in turn give you a much better insight about the overall future of the art mural.

3. You'll also need to look and see if the color combinations and line quality of the fine art mural are consistent with the idea that you have for your space. Keep in mind that the mural quality and historical significance will determine the overall value of your art murals.

4. Keep in mind that it's your commissioned art but the mural artist is the artistic professional expert. Discuss with him exactly what you are looking for in the mural painting, be flexible and willing to compromise, and make sure the mural artist understands what your are trying to achieve in your custom mural painting before you purchase the art murals. Be prepared to pay half of the fee at the beginning of the agreement and the rest at the completion of the piece.

5. You should always deal with muralist who make you feel comfortable, and who have your complete trust that they will achieve the mural that you are commissioning. _________________________________________________________________________

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Mural Wall Art are often pretty expansive, covering large walls and spaces on both the interior and exterior space. The above mural painting captures the diversity of a multi-ethnic environment. _________________________________________________________________________

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Murals are important in that they bring art into the public sphere. Located on the outside wall at the International Community School, Decatur Georgia this mural art painting is a favorite of many of the parents. _________________________________________________________________________

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Atlanta's Ben Hill Recreation Center Commissioned Mural Art in Progress Acrylic Painting - PAINT BIG PROJECT TEAM - WonderRoot, Living Walls, Dorian McDuffie & Atlanta Office of Recreation
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Enhance your home, office, or building with the creative art of one of Atlanta's truely gifted visual mural artist Corey Barksdale. Each commissioned mural creation is a true masterpiece rendered on various out and indoor surfaces. Custom, hand painted murals are the ultimate expression of your good taste. The inspriation for art murals are endless.

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When commissioning a mural painting there are numerous mural tchniques that artist can apply to the wall surface. Modern mural techniques Different muralists tend to become experts in their preferred medium and application, whether that be oil paints, emulsion or acrylic paints applied by brush, roller or airbrush/aerosols. Clients will often ask for a particular style and the artist may adjust to the appropriate technique.

A mural consultation usually leads to a detailed design and layout of the proposed mural with a price quote that the client approves before the muralist starts on the work. The area to be painted can be gridded to match the design allowing the image to be scaled accurately step by step. In some cases the design is projected straight onto the wall and traced with pencil before painting begins. Some muralists will paint directly without any prior sketching, preferring the spontaneous technique.

Once completed the commissioned mural can be given coats of varnish or protective acrylic glaze to protect the work from UV rays and surface damage. CAM designed Frescography by Rainer Maria Latzke, digitally printed on canvas As an alternative to a hand-painted or airbrushed mural, digitally printed murals can also be applied to surfaces. Already existing murals can be photographed and then be reproduced in near-to-original quality.

The disadvantages of pre-fabricated commissioned murals and decals are that they are often mass produced and lack the allure and exclusivity of an original artwork. They are often not fitted to the individual wall sizes of the client and their personal ideas or wishes can not be added to the mural as it progresses. The Frescography technique, a digital manufacturing method (CAM) invented by Rainer Maria Latzke addresses some of the personalisation and size restrictions. Digital techniques are commonly used in advertisements.

A "wallscape" is a large advertisement on or attached to the outside wall of a building. Wallscapes can be painted directly on the wall as a mural, or printed on vinyl and securely attached to the wall in the manner of a billboard. Although not strictly classed as murals, large scale printed media are often referred to as such. Advertising murals were traditionally painted onto buildings and shops by sign-writers, later as large scale poster billboards.

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