My First Wall Painting Commission!

Posted by on October 16, 2013

If you follow me on Facebook (if you don’t, go say hi!), you probably saw these pictures in August. My site had some hosting issues for awhile and I wasn’t able to upload new photos for about two months. Hence all the repeated photos in blog posts.

Now that it’s fixed, (hurrah!), I just had to show them again.
A friend of mine recently hired me to paint trees on the wall on his kitchen, and I was a bit nervous. I haven’t painted something this big since high school when I painted theater sets and backdrops all the time, but those were meant to be viewed from far away, and black paint is hard to paint over.

I knew I could do it though. I always got nervous before painting a backdrop or set piece, but it always turned out well. I told myself this was no big deal, that this was just a big canvas and it really wasn’t any different. And I was totally right, it was. Just a lot more ladder climbing.

And it turned out beautifully!


I had so much fun with this. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than creating something this…striking.

I snapped a few pictures with my phone, but I’m not the kind of person who remembers to take pictures of something as it’s happening. I kind of get caught up in the moment. You can see how it came together:

And this is why you always use a drop cloth.

This took me five hours to complete, and my friend loved it. He told me over and over how awesome it was and he actually paid me almost three times what we’d agreed on, so I’d call this a smashing success.

I sent a picture of this to my best girlfriend later that day and we of spazzed over how amazing this would look with different kinds of clocks, all decorated for Halloween…squeeee! I’m definitely doing this on my own walls someday when I have a house I’m allowed to paint all over.

I’d love to do more of this in the future. Black trees and white walls were just made for each other, don’t you think?

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