Illusion of room extension with Serapi carpet over fitted wardrobes and drawersAll handles on doors replaced with push latches and drawer handles replaced with diminutive knobs discretely placed and painted.
Illusion of room extension over fitted wardrobes and drawersBefore starting the mural.
Illusion of room extension over fitted wardrobes and drawersThe client had an embroidery hanging they had made that they wanted in the mural along with other meaningful pictures.
Illusion of room extension over fitted wardrobes and drawersA piece of furniture the client would have liked to own.
Illusion of room extension over fitted wardrobes and drawersDetail
Illusion of room extension over fitted wardrobes and drawersThe contents of the cabinet all had personal meaning.
de Gournay styled mural in dining room with no windowsThe background was cross dragged over a graded colourwash.
de Gournay styled mural in dining room with no windows
de Gournay styled mural in dining room with no windowsDetail
Japanese styled muralThe background colours were washed in horizontally and the edges were feathered.
Japanese styled muralDetail
Music room with De Gourney styled muralThe walls were first of all painted in a green on green stippled colourwash. The mural mimics the style of hand painted 17th century Chinese wallpaper which is appropriate for the age of the house.
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Music room with De Gourney styled muralDetail
Terrace wallThis mural really opens out the enclosed space of this walled terrace. It has been inserted behind a raised bed of real shrubs (foreground sliding windows Photoshopped out of photo for clarity). Clients comment "You recently did a mural on a garden wall for me. Your mural is not only well painted, serene, and beautiful, it has very much enhanced the outside and inside space of our house. Everyone remarks on it and is thinking of having one painted."
Terrace wallAdjoining a terrace, this mural is opposite a bedroom French window. It provides a lovely view when looking out. Although a ficticous scene, it incorporates details from the surrounding area of the village of Brill in Bucksinghamshire. Clients comment "The finished picture looks great - especially with the Kite. - It really makes SUCH a difference! Thank you."
Deep Basement CourtyardAs viewed from basement kitchen/dining room
Deep Basement CourtyardAs viewed from basement bedroom
Deep Basement CourtyardAs viewed from ground level
Deep Basement CourtyardLooking back to ground levelThe stone blocks are trompe l'oeil.
Deep Basement Courtyard
Deep Basement CourtyardAs the real railings butted against sky, I had to paint trompe l'oeil ones to complete the stairs landing.
2nd Deep Basement CourtyardAs viewd from basement bedroom.
2nd Deep Basement Courtyard
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Tuscan conservatoryThe vine spreads onto surrounding structures to help the illusion connect.
Bedroom muralThe mural on this bedroom wall was worked up from a slide of the Twelve Bens in Ireland. The extremeties have been misted to make the scene more dream like.
Spare room, Bruges sceneThis scene was painted on a wall between 2 wardrobes and above a counter. The idea was adapted from a postcard of Bruges.
Spare room, Bruges sceneDetail
Outside kitchen doorOutside this side kitchen door is a fence and covered alleyway. A board was fixed against the fence and now this scene is so much nicer.
Outside kitchen doorDetail
Craft room, 1 of 4 occuliThe elliptical indentations have been made to look as if they have pierced the wall.
Craft room, 1 of 4 occuliClose-up
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Trompe l'oeil doorA real door had previosly been removed from under the stairs but now an illusory door has been painted in the space.
Lounge trompe l'oeil windowThe design, shapes and colours have been made to harmonize with various aspects of the room.
Lounge trompe l'oeil windowDetail
Washroom trompe l'oeil windowThe scene depicts the local village pond. The walls were colourwashed first and the aperture and sill are all illusion.
Washroom trompe l'oeil windowDetail
Piano room, trompe l'oeil windowsThis piano room has been given a couple of trompe l'oeil windows. They are arched shape to match the other curves of the room and the leading corresponds to that of the real windows.
Piano room, trompe l'oeil windowsClose-up
Washroom trompe l'oeil windowThe window reveal and marble sill are all part of the illusion.
Trompe l'oeil washroom window painted in an nicheThe window bars match the ones on the entrance door and the reveal has been painted to match the wall tiles.
Trompe l'oeil washroom window painted in an nicheDetail
Bathroom trompe l'oeil windowThis is painted at the foot of the bath. The arch and tiles are made to appear to continue into the picture.
Bathroom trompe l'oeil windowDetail
Mews flat trompe l'oeil windowThe cellar room had no window so this was created from some of the choicest details of the real mews outside.
Mews flat trompe l'oeil windowThe clients wanted to make it slightly quirky. So the front of their 1926 Bentley roadster peeps into the picture unfortunately having been bombed by a pidgeon. The dog looks as though he wants to cock his leg on it too. The cat is staring at a bird. The couple glimpsed through the net curtains are having a nice dance.
Mews flat trompe l'oeil windowDetail
Bedroon chimney breast muralThis scene is an amalgamation of a couple of different places and is painted over a redundant chimney breast in the bedroom of a disabled lady who happens to be very fond of ducks.
Bedroon chimney breast muralDetail
Overstairs muralThis mural occupies a small piece of wall where the ceiling changes height on a landing.
Italianate hall muralsThis mural features trompe l'oeil stonewok and pierced walls with Italianate landscapes. The skirting boards, architraves and dado rail are real but the panels below the dado and the curved pediments above the doors are trompe l'oeil. The closet doors become a sunny balcony.
Italianate hall muralsTurning to the left the walls appear to be barely standing and another sunny terrace helps make up for the lack of real windows.
Italianate hall muralsThe main terrace. The beam in the top right of the picture separates the sloping ceiling under the next flight of stairs from the wall and acts as a prop for the tumbling wall to the left of the picture.
Italianate hall muralsLooking back as we continue, the stonework has a false shadow and is a good background for the real ornate mirror. The chandalier appears to be suspended from crossed iron poles.
Italianate hall muralsThis is the corner under the first flight of stairs. These stairs continue to the basement. We see a trompe l'oeil niche with a potted hibiscus and again the wall is blown out with a landscape beyond.
Italianate hall muralsIf we do not descend to the basement we continue to the end of the corridor where the wall is broken again and a bougainvillea peeps around the stones. The clients have placed a stand with similar coloured flowers in front of the wall. Notice how the radiator has been disguised by the stonework continuing over it.
Italianate hall muralsThis picture and the next are of the large wall over the first flight of stairs.
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Italianate hall muralsHere is the same wall seen from the top of the second flight of stairs.
Hall muralThis mural extends over the walls on either side of some double doors.
Hall muralI have tried to evoke most of the senses here. You will see that apart from sight, sound is evoked by the fountain, smell is evoked by the lavender and taste is evoked by the glass of champagne on the end of the bench.
Hall muralYou could imagine what it would be like to sit on the bench.
Lounge cornerThis garden themed mural only took a day to execute but creates a lovely effect.
Sri Lankan themed bathroomThis bathroom was given a Sri Lankan coastal scene which extended over a blackout blind. The wall to the right of this picture was glazed with mirror glass which had the effect of expanding the scene.
Sri Lankan themed bathroomReflection in the mirror wall.
Sri Lankan themed bathroomDetail
Australian jungle themed bathroomInspired by several different places in Australia, the mural extends over all the walls, the ceiling, the door and blind. The placement of the horizon line is important and is usually placed at eye level. As the mural is seen mostly when having a shower or bath the horizon line has been placed between both eye levels.
Australian jungle themed bathroomHere you see the mural extending over the door. A parrot has been painted on the window above the door and a trompe l'oeil marble frame has been painted around the mirror.
Australian jungle themed bathroomThe mural continues over the blind. A false curved capping stone made of wood has been added above the tiles where they rise to accomodate the shower.
Australian jungle themed bathroomDetail
Enclosed courtyard3 stories high and roofed with glass, this courtyard has been thouroughly murarlized in a Greco/Roman theme.
View from the deck on top of the washroom roof looking back at the house
Enclosed courtyardPassing by the washroom with a Romanized door at ground floor level we enter onto a balcony.
Enclosed courtyardHere we look out from the ground floor balcony. Because the mural extends into basement level the horizon line has had to be a compromise (normally at eye level).
Enclosed courtyardBasement level. Below the real ledge is painted a balustrade.
Enclosed courtyardTurning to the right.
Enclosed courtyardDetail near the bottom of the steps.
Enclosed courtyardFrom the ground floor looking up to the deck above the washroom.
Enclosed courtyardTop deck. The real railings on the right have been replicated in paint on the adjoining walls.
Tuscan dining roomThis dining room has been given a Tuscan theme.The walls were colourwashed in five colours and then the stylized vine was painted to span across a beam to the other side. The end wall you see is actually entirely made of cupboards with the entrance door of the room incorporated.
Tuscan dining roomDetail
Tuscan dining roomHere you see the doorknob disguised as the top of a wine bottle.
Stair landing closet trompe l'oeilThis trompe l'oeil was painted over a couple of closet doors on a landing behind which was a drinks cabinet. Only the two brass knobs are real.
Stair landing closet trompe l'oeilDetail
Trompe l'oeil bookcase over 2 doorsThis disguises a door leading upstairs and a cupboard under the stairs.
Trompe l'oeil bookcase over 2 doorsClose-up
Trompe l'oeil bookcase of Hebrew books over alcove cupboardsThe boockase and suspended drawer unit were wood grained to look like the real cherry wood in the room.
Trompe l'oeil bookcase of Hebrew books over alcove cupboardsAlcove cupboards and drawer unit prior to work. Note that the drawers are flat.
Trompe l'oeil bookcase of Hebrew books over alcove cupboardsDetail
Trompe l'oeil bookcase of Hebrew books over alcove cupboards
Trompe l'oeil bookcase of Hebrew books over alcove cupboardsNote that the drawers now appear to be bevelled.
Trompe l'oeil quilted leatherThis effect was painted on a small piece of wall that had a bed in front of it. It acted as a bedhead.
Pompeiian/Etruscan corridorThis corridor has been given a Pompeiian/Etruscan look, taken across cupboard fronts. Some of the repeated motifs were stenciled and some were traced. The designs within the large panels were adapted from photographs of paintings from Pompeii.
Baroque sukkahThis is a temporary room built onto the back of a house for the Jewish feast of Sukkot. The client wanted the interior painted in the style of the Castellana synogogue in Italy. The calligraphy was customised. Clients comment: "I have no words to thank you for the magnificent work you did on our sukkah walls. When I called you and explained to you that I wanted you to create something I saw in Italy, you must have thought that I lost it!! But I can only say that your painting looks better than the original. Every one that saw it loved it and we enjoy it very much."
Back room traceryA simple design done with paint and gold leaf.
Chinese stencilled ceilingThis ceiling has been given a Chinese look. The design was produced combining the use of customised stencils and hand painting.
Chinese stencilled ceilingDetail
Floral ceiling decorationThe black on gold decoration in the background was done by another artist. My brief was to paint a gold on beige version on the inset ceiling in the same style.
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Over bedboard motifsThese simple shapes were painted using bronze paint.
Over bedboard motifsWith alternative lighting.
Wiped out treeThe bedroom walls were given a graded colourwash and then a leafless oriental tree was wiped out with a wet cloth. It was then fixed with acrylic varnish.
Wiped out treeDetail
Simple shadow muralUsing only one colour thes shadows of geranium plants were painted in this hall corner.
Subtle hall muralThis hall needed something very light and stylised to go with the chandelier and mirror. The mural is executed in three tints of violet and only took a day to paint.
Subtle hall muralBoth suggested some kind of arching shape, in this case tree ferns. The mirror frame comes from inside an upright piano and is made of cast iron but it has been gilded in dutch metal over a violet base colour. The metal was distressed to allow the colour to "grin" through.
Subtle hall muralDetail
Subtle hall muralThe dragon flies are in a stonger violet with gilding and irridescent medium on the wings.
Subtle swimming pool muralThe clients wanted winter trees and so a warm limited pallette was used so that it would not feel cold.
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Subtle swimming pool muralThe other end. There are bullrushes, grasses and dragonflies.
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Dining roomA misted willow tree graces the wall and tucks around the corner.
Graffiti muralA splash of colour in this teenagers's bedroom
Fantasy mural adapted from a painting by Josephine WallThe clients wanted a mural based on Josephine's painting. Permission was given by the artist. The work was adapted to quite a different shape and size from the original. It fades at the bottom as furniture will be placed in front of it.
The painting by Josephine Wall
Fantasy mural adapted from a painting by Josephine WallDetail
BedheadMy brief was to make a custom bedhead with a picture of a step-over apple tree.
Bathroom blindBacklit in daytime creates an interesting effect.
Bathroom blindSeen in artificial light.
Church hall stage muralThis colourful mural was painted on boards at the back of a small band stage in a church hall. Some gold leaf and irridescent medium has been used.
Church hall stage muralClose-up
Psychodelic conservatory muralAdapted from some Beatles artwork.
Minoan dolphin bathroomThe famous Dolphin mural from Knossos, Crete has been adapted to fit this small bathroom.
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Minoan dolphin bathroomThe toilet cistern has been painted to tie it in and the chain handle has been replaced with a painted wooden fish as from the mural.
Painted dining room curtainsDiluted fabric dyes were used over cotton polyester.
UplighterHere a smooth rounded up lighter on a colourwashed wall was painted as leaves that curl over. A gold leaf shape and a trompe l'oeil butterfly have also been added.
Cabinet painted sceneI built this cabinet and gave it a distressed paint finish. Misty scenes have been painted in the panels and a trompe l'oeil butterfly sits on the top.
Cabinet painted sceneDetail
Fretted and painted bannisters and pillarI removed the original spindles and replaced them with fretted panels cut from MDF boardThe pillar has had a design washed over it that continues onto the panels.
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Fretted and painted bannisters and pillarDetail
Trompe l'oeil pedimentHere is a trompe l'oeil pediment painted above a door so as to give it a grander look. The colourwashed walls have been reworked - vertical squiggles have been wiped out.
Trompe l'oeil pedimentDetail
Trompe l'oeil pedimentMore of the same project with trompe l'oeil capital and fluting painted on a flat corner angle
WC trompe l'oeil panelsThe illusion of panels has been painted here to match the actual ones in the adjoining room.
WC trompe l'oeil panelsIn order for the illusion of the ledge behind the toilet to overhang the illusion of the panelling (there is actually no overhang),I had to create the illusion of the corner shifted over 1cm from its actual location.
Antehall trompe l'oeil architraveUpon entering through large doors one passes through under the stairs. The illusion of an arhcitrave and roundel with a momgram of the house name have been added to aggrandize the inner entrance.
Antehall trompe l'oeil architraveClose-up
Antehall trompe l'oeil architraveDetail
Stairs window trompe l'oeil architraveThe rectangular window on the stairs did not feel right architecturally and so I have added an illusion of an arched frame that echoes the shape of the door through to the antehall.
Stairs window trompe l'oeil architraveClose-up
Hall trompe l'oeil bas-reliefThis trompe l'oeil of a Renaissance bas-relief was painted on canvas and adhered to the wall within the mouldings (marouflage).
Hall trompe l'oeil bas-reliefClose-up
Washroom trompe l'oeil mouldingsA Renaissance style low relief on the wall opposite the toilet.
Washroom trompe l'oeil mouldingsA Renaissance style low relief on the wall above the toilet cistern.
Dining room trompe l'oeil mouldingsApart from a real dado rail in this Belgravia dining room all the other mouldings on the walls and in the hall are trompe l'oeil.
Dining room trompe l'oeil mouldingsDetail
Fireplace trompe l'oeil insertA tiled base to go with the real marble was painted. You will note that the marble had to continue into the picture in order for the cast iron to appear to go in and out.
Fireplace trompe l'oeil insertThis marble surrounded fireplace had ugly tiles and so this board was
Hall trompe l'oeil nicheFrom a mural scheme in an entrance hall of a house. One of two trompe l'oeil niches that helped to disguise cloakroom and washroom doors. They have been deliberately given a slight stylization with their mauve shadows.
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Pricing & Preparation
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