Mural Ideas

I often fantasize about painting large murals around Austin. Here are a few napkin sketches that I did a month or two ago while waiting for a movie to start.

The first one is based off of a drawing I did about ten years ago. It is supposed to be the view from the corner of a cardboard box, looking up at the open sky above, where the perspective is almost as though it is through a fish eye lens. The viewer is minuscule by comparison but there is hope in the light coming in at the top. I think this would make an epic three or four story tall mural to really give the proper perspective.

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The next sketch is inspired by one of my favorite quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, then you grow wings.”

In my mural there is just the latter part of the phrase. This one would be very horizontal and would play with perspectives and time. I would love to paint the entire backdrop first, then add the story with the little man over the course of maybe half a year. Each part of his story would be added in the dead of night once a month so you would see his story evolve over time.

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The next is inspired by another quote that I love, “The highway leads to heaven, but each finds his own way.”

I came across this quote (also about ten years ago) while trying to find a good tag line for my student film. In this visual the radiant sun is ensercled with thousands of ropes, different colors, thickness and with a snarling of paths. Then in the foreground two arms holding tight to the only taught rope, which is pulling the body toward the sun.

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And finally, I just really love the visual of Icarus falling to Earth, wrapped in a larger than life cape, seconds away from hitting the ground. I also think this has very cool potential to make an amazing sculpture. I’d love to see this as a sculpture where the cloth at some point hits the ground thereby really creating the illusion that Icarus is just about to hit.

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