Hey Tom... I was thinking that I wasn't really fair to you after you'd done all of that experimenting with the candles... and then were curious about that new design that I mentioned.
So, here's what it is. The customer got a mural as a Christmas present from his parents, who'd already had me paint 4 or 5 other murals. It was supposed to be an 8 foot round circle mural that, as you know, would look like a big round skylight in the dark.
Well, his ceiling was such that I thought a rectangle mural would be better, and he agreed. I was basically going to just make it the size of his Kind-sized bed (the edges of the mural would follow the outline of the bed).
So, as I was laying it out, I was telling him about the different ceilings that I've painted on and I was going into my favorite types of ceilings to paint on (tray ceilings, ceiling with beams, etc.) and I started thinking. That's what happens with ADD... your mind is constantly thinking of new things.
So, I asked him if he trusted me to do a nice mural for him... even if it wasn't just a normal rectangle mural? He told me to go for whatever I wanted... and he left to take his wife to dinner.
Here's what I did, and it may not sound like much and I've done similar things before but, I painted the outline of the bed... and then I painted the mural so that it looked like there were cross bars (like a large window would have in it for support) going through it.... with one down the center of the length and one across the width. Does that make sense?
So in the dark, you see the constellations, the smaller background stars and Milky Way, but they are broken up by the cross bars that look like little beams in it. What it does is it breaks up the mural into 4 sections and the silhouette of the bars give it an added 3D look. When he got home, I had already locked up and was on my way home... but I'd only gotten a mile from his house (we must have just missed each other) I got a text message telling me that he was blown away. And, to be honest, it did look pretty dang nice if I do say so. :-)
Anyway, I need to book flights for Detroit, Indianapolis, West Palm Beach and Sacramento now. But, I wanted to tell you about that mural that I painted.
Hope it was worth the suspense! :-)
Originally Posted by Tom Hilton
Your comments have definitely fired up my curiosity, Jeff!