Heritage Murals work 1996 – 2005.
INSPIRATIONS – DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
Currently I am happy painting mini-murals of classic scenes, to include:
Italian Gardens : Ancient Architecture : Flowers, Pants and Trees : Magical Fairy Forests : Undersea Life : Ponds and Water : Sacred Geometry : Children’s Fairy Tales : Nursery Rhymes All illustrative commissions welcome.
I can paint in situ, in house, hotel, or on garden walls, but my favourite choice of wood as a background draws on my extensive experience painting furniture.
Beyond the traditionally loved classic scenes of gardens and architecture, I am passionate to develop abstract designs, hitherto undeveloped. Future designs will include symbols and images from world cultures. I envisage this integration to become more abstract using elements of geometrical, pagan, ethnic, biological, and shamanic images and symbols – which I believe are universal across countries and cultures. The aim is to produce timeless designs which communicate that which is at the heart of mankind, universal symbols which relate to all peoples’ lives.
Ambitions are to utilize my skills using multi-layers of distressed colour, which will be particularly relevant applied to new abstract work.
Larger mural boards can be commissioned from these ideas in due course.
Working Background: I had got to a very competent stage with my approach and execution of clients’ mural briefs. However, in 2006 I was stopped in my tracks following major life saving surgery. After recovery, I diversified into TEFL English language teaching, previously qualified for in 2005. I sewed freelance part time for a fashion label 2006 – 11 and in 2009 I worked as a school textile department technician: both these activities reminded me how much I had missed dressmaking: so in 2009-10 I gradually started ethical fashion design using recycled fabrics. This is my ongoing business Shamanic Nights which for some garments I add silk painted patches of my own designs. Development in silk painting may carry across to wood, and vice-versa.
Garments are available in Shamanic Nights on line shop
Furnishing Textiles to Murals: The progression to murals was logical, as my last commercial designs (freelance painting furnishing textile designs, industry ready, in repeat), included more fantasy landscape scenes. I enjoyed visualizing scenes at mural scale; whereas I had previously worked on A2 sized paper. These can be viewed on AmeliaJaneDesigns.co.uk under the Textiles section. I particularly like my ‘Roman’ and ‘Persian’ inspired designs, which lend themselves more to murals.
Although the designs are in repeat, (ready for textile printers) they could in whole, or part, be easily translated into new mural designs. New colour ways can be used to match any interior.
COMMISSION BOARD SIZES
I am happy to take commissions for paintings on boards, 6mm plywood boards which I can paint in my small workshop.
2ft (601mm) x 2ft 6in (706 mm)
3ft (910mm) x 4ft (1202mm)
4ft (1202mm) x 5ft (1502mm)
4ft (1202mm) x 6ft (1803mm)
Please enquire for different or bigger sizes.
Cost as an average guide would be £60 per square foot. Depending on research needed, and details to be included, cost can rise to £85 per square foot. Quotations given for specific briefs, or client’s own photos copied in a collage arrangement.
I use household water based emulsions and acrylic eggshell base, mixed with acrylic paints for colour tone variations.
DURABILITY and FIXING
BOARDS: Boards are suitable for indoors and conservatories. All painted boards will be finished with 5 coats of water-based acrylic, colourless varnish, for durability; protection against any exposure to dampness over time.
FRAMES: Frames can be made if required; please ask for separate quote from my carpenter. Frame painting can also include layer-upon-layer of distressed/sanded/crackled ‘effect’.
VARNISH: Please state if you require frame to be matt varnished or painted to coordinate with mural colours.
For outdoor boards, marine ply will be used, and boards will need to be set in a metal frame for durability. Again, a separate quote by the fixer will be given on application.
I can also work on any material you wish to supply.