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Best Practices in the creation of Fence murals,  Rules of composition for long format walls

Best Practices in the creation of Fence murals, Rules of composition for long format walls

I often get questions about outdoor murals for fences and the rules of composition for fence murals. Though there is no right or wrong answer, any theme can very well be on a fence of any length and size. But there are some principles one needs to keep in mind when preparing to create a hand painted mural on a long format wall. The most important step is the creation of a strong, harmonious design or sketch for the mural. Think in big terms and then gradually move to the smaller elements. Locate the placement of the largest elements composing the mural. A few words on the center of composition, in a classic composition there should be one main focal point, in the design of a long fence mural there can be a few or even none. It depends on the fence itself, and if there is an obvious center to the space. Long format compositions classically called a frieze, are very similar to a composition of an ornament and usually the same rules will apply to it too. Of course, an artists taste or pursued idea take precedence. A good practice is to “break” one long composition in smaller parts, that are united within one theme, style and color range. Think about the rhythm of the elements of your composition for your outdoor wall art. Alternate vertical elements with horizontal and diagonal lines, big with small, light and dark.  Don’t put two of the same size or color elements together, only do this when you’re planning to alternate them later in your composition. As any other composition, there should...
Handmade Lamp Shades for Restaurants

Handmade Lamp Shades for Restaurants

In Saint Petersburg Russia, I participated in the project creating unique handmade lamp shades for restaurants. Some were made completely from scratch and some had a base of old chandeliers and had new covers. The first lamp shades were created for the “Chaliapin” Restaurant.  They were designed by architect, Artem Nikiforov, with the Architectural Group Saint Petersburg, (, and were dedicated to the Russian opera singer, Feodor Chaliapin. The restaurant’s design was set around interior lighting, the lamps acted as the center piece. The shades have printed photographs on their perimeter and feature historic figures from the beginning of 20th century, the time of Chaliapin’s life.  _________________________________________ The second project was made for the same restaurant owner and designed by architect Artem Nikiforov as well. “Chaliapin. 2” has different style and lamp shades have a more traditional, classic look. Some shades went over classic chandeliers, as they had before. They really added a very cozy and completely new feel to the interior lighting. The metal work for both projects was made by Zaharov Vladimir, “ZanavesKi”, “33 plus 1”. 2008 – 2009. _________________________________________ The Lamp shades for an on boat restaurant  “Ocean” have a more organic style. The shades were made from folded linen fabric and went over classic traditional chandeliers. The mix of the two different styles created a completely new feel to the interior, it became softer and cozy but at the same time, remaining very elegant.       Participants in this project included, Dan Samoilov, Polina Afejchuk, Michael Buntin, Anton Nikiforov and Vladimir Zaharov (metal).  2010 / Saint Petersburg,...

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