Move Mountains

Mountain Mural

Mountain Mural

I took the weekend to paint a mural. I’d been excited about this project for a while so I started researching on Pinterest a few weeks ago. Initially, I was searching for examples to lead me down a creative discovery that would turn into an original piece. This did not happen. But what did, will amaze you (this is how they lure you in on buzzfeed so I thought I’d try it).

I couldn’t get this particular example out of my head. Artist, Pam Lostracco painted this beautiful mountain scape in her bedroom that is absolutely brilliant. And since seeing her masterpiece, I couldn’t walk past my living room without envisioning it on my wall.

This bothered me. It really bothered me.

I don’t like copying! I don’t like it one bit! On the receiving side of copying, I never feel “flattered” like you’re supposed to, I feel ripped off. But the mountains needed to happen, and happen on that particular living room wall. I toiled over it for days, back and forth with my moral compass and decided that I had to paint it. I put aside any ego bashing or guilt associated with down right copying this piece. For the sake of destiny, I painted the mural. It just belonged there. And here it is.

Pam, if you’re reading this, thank you for the beautiful design.

1. Tape all edges

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2. Pencil in mountain lines alternating between bottom and top rows.

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3. All paint colors are mixed from two basic tones. Navy blue and taupe. I used acrylic/latex.

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4. Keep painting. Inhale, exhale.

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5. Stop painting and just live your life already.

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6. Seriously, just put the brush down and come to terms with the little imperfections. Walk away.

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