The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe

Masanobu Fukuoka (Japaneses farmer and philosopher)

I was fortunate enough to be asked to do a second mural for the residences of brooklodge. The theme this time was once again drawn from old rural Irish life. Set in a typical cottage fireplace/kitchen found in most thatched cottages from before the 1960’s ish.

This was my largest mural yet measuring approximately 8ft X 9ft from floor to ceiling. I completed the it using acrylic and a range of brush sizes. starting as always by laying out my design light in pencil before blocking in the different objects loosely  in the  mid-tone of it’s main colour .

The objects were all Items common to a kitchen of the time, such as the sacred heart painting of Jesus Christ, a wooden crucifix,  A pair of Ceramic staffordshire dogs, a Tilley lamp, a spinning wheel,  a butter churn, to name but a few

It took a few days as i filled it in and tweaked the composition, building it up in washes/glazes to give each object its own blend of subtle colour. The final stage was working on the areas of shadow and highlight to give the image a pleasing sense of depth. I what to give the feeling you could sit in the chair and warm your feet beside the fire while waiting for the kettle to boil.

If your scouting for Ireland’s next top model, that’s me their doing my best model impersonation  to give you an idea of the size.

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