In August of 2013, Firebird Dance Studio closed their old studio, moved to a new home in Mountain View, and the old mural I painted was no more. So, I painted a new one! This time I was inspired by what the Firebird symbolizes: something elusive and extraordinary, hiding in an ordinary world. So I decided to try a dimensional mural. One that looks like part of the wall — shaped like a wing — is being peeled back to reveal something magical and imaginative hiding just behind the plain white-washed wall.
What unfolded was the awesome — and sometimes maddening! — process of turning a sketch into a 40' x 10' wall with paint, fabric, wire, and plaster. What a challenge. I'm so happy I did it.
Take a look at the process journal below. And then check out the finished mural here or at 1411 W. El Camino, Mountain View, CA.
You can find more photos of the completed mural in the projects section.