This is an ever-expanding portfolio of my abstract art murals and paintings. Click on the photos for a larger view and to zoom in. Contact me if you would like a free estimate or to discuss an abstract art mural project you have in mind for your home or business. Feel free to leave your comments, and thank you for looking. All my artwork is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Mary Ellen


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wonder Works Children's Museum 'Audience Mural' - Done! - Unveiling on October 10

Tomorrow, I shall pop in to Wonder Works to sign the mural. The 'official unveiling' is open to the public and takes place on Sunday, October 10, 12:30p-1:30p CST. Will post final photos of the mural, then. I can't ruin the surprise for those who are going to attend that day, now can I! :)

Now I am focusing on painting my entryway, which I've been wanting to do for a long time! I'll show you the eight paint colors I'll be using...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wonder Works Audience Mural - Individual Audience Members

I am very far along with all 25 faces. Still plenty of touch up work to do - isn't there always! But rather than adding more detail, I am taking away. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wonder Works Audience Mural - Balloon Face Example

Here's an example of a Balloon Face I painted on my Wonder Works Children's Museum mural today. I want to get all 25 of the faces painted, then I will go around and edit them. For example, I shall make the ponytail on this audience member a bit thicker. (As they say, it's always easier to add more, than to take away!)

So far, I have about five faces painted. It's always hard to get rolling on a new phase of the project, which is what today was, so I hope to be zipping right along tomorrow. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wonder Works Mural - Individual Seat backs/Shirts - Patterns and Motifs

Tricky mixing plaids and stripes? Try 25 different patterns, in all different colors. Here are most of the patterns and colors I've used on the seat backs/shirt shapes for the Audience Mural I am painting at Wonder Works Children's Museum in Oak Park, IL.First, I painted all the background colors. In most cases, I needed to do numerous coats to get the saturated color I desired. Now I am painting various patterns and motifs on them using brushes ranging from size 0 liners to 1" flats. I wish the colors were more true to life but as there are no windows in the theater, I have no natural light. You'll just have to come and see it in person! :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wonder Works Mural - Seat backs/Shirts

These sort-of-rectangular shapes do double duty. They represent both theater seat backs and theater goers' shirts, each unique. (The colors in these photos are a bit off - this main shape to the left is actually a barn red and a warm, dark gray on dark grape.

The project is so fun at this point. I feel like I am choosing color schemes for individual rooms in a house. i.e. the main shape to the left could represent grape walls, red bed cover, silver grey metal bed frame.

If you have a favorite color combination, I'd love to hear it. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wonder Works Mural - Taking Shape

Here we go! This is the wall in the theater room at Wonder Works, a Children's Museum in Oak Park, IL where I am endeavoring to paint a representation of an audience.

I've taped off the overall composition - quite the math problem. (If only I had 201.5 inch long arms!)  I'm just 'setting the boundaries' so to speak. 

Next, I will sketch in shapes with white primer. Like this...