It always cracks me up when people call them muriels. This client didn't, she understood what she was asking for. This five foot tall and four foot wide mural is in her bathroom now. The funky thing is, the viewer will never be this far away in order to take in the big picture. In fact, the skewed perspective is in order to compensate for the fact that this is in a very narrow space and the viewer is right on top of it. . . no more than three feet away. The client wanted it to be like one was looking out a window; in fact, she will be framing the mural in, just like the doors and windows in the bathroom.
While I was painting this, I started to recall some story about some sort of painting competition that was held during the Renaissance. I don't know if this story is true or not, but it will be, once I outline it. As I want to tell it, Caravaggio is in a battle-of-the-brush with a popular hack of the time. They each get to hang their paintings on opposite walls of a long corridor into a church. The hack on the left goes home and paints the twelve stations of the cross in a gorgeous and flamboyant style. Caravaggio, on the other hand, paints his suite on the right as if people will be walking past them. Caravaggio considers the average height of the horizon line and that the viewers will be "entering" each canvas from the right, as they walk down the corridor. The big C wins the competition because he considers the context of the paintings and they are received more favorably.
While I was painting this, I got the bug to paint bigger. Painting with your entire body and dancing back and forth is really fantastic. Too bad shipping paintings from Ashland is such a hassle. The Marji Gallery in Santa Fe has moved into a big new space and the walls there are intimidating. Maybe I should consider the un-stretched method like Sharon Butler.