Another wall in the dining room at Harbison Care in Burradoo, NSW  was screaming out to be painted. So being very obliging, Annette Hearne and I took up the challenge!

Thanks CEO, Don Ross!

The wall divides the kitchen from the dining room so we designed an image centered around food.

muralsThe purpose of the trompe l’oeil is to brighten up the room and give the impression of the room opening up to the outside.  The lovely, elderly residents attend the dining room for  meals and other events, so we wanted the image to be cheerful, welcoming  and bright.

We thought that an image of people gathering together to share a meal was appropriate. It would also be a conversation starter and evoke memories in the residents and other passers-by.

artation.com.auWe started by undercoating the wall and drawing the image. A sense of depth was achieved by the angles and lines of the vine covered pergola receding to a single vanishing point. Then we blocked in the large areas of colour and gradually added details.

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artation.com.auAnnette Hearne after a busy day painting.

trompe l'oeilWe drew a girl looking at the viewer and a labrador dog, just like my old dog, Archie.  A woman is pointing out something to her child.

artation.com.auA young boy at the front spies a cold drink and people are sitting at a table. A seafood platter and a jug of punch are on the table in the foreground.

artation.com.auTracey adding details.

Burradoo, NSW, Australia.We drew a table of food in the foreground because a permanent buffet table will sit along the wall in front of the trompe l’oeil.

trompe l'oeil NSW, AustraliaAnnette and I both enjoy adding details.

artation.com.auAnnette loved painting these sparrows.

artation.com.auNow there are bright trompe l’oeils at each end of the dining room.

artation.com.auOne of the best parts of painting at Harbison Care in Burradoo are the comments from residents, visitors and staff.

artation.com.au Some visitors commented about how their relative who lives at Harbison Care is enjoying following the progress of the painting. Others said it makes them feel happy.

artation.com.auMany esidents said the image reminded them of their childhood and visiting a relative  who had an old grape vine. Others remember swinging from a tree like the tyre swing shown in the back ground.

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Other passers-by requested images to be added like horses and pets so we included the mare and her foal, the dog, cat and various birds.  Residents and visitors talked about their pets.

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One of the things I love about art is that its powerful in its simplicity.  It conveys ideas between people and across cultures because its independent of verbal and written language.

Its been a pleasure painting this trompe l’oeil at Harbison Care in Burradoo, NSW.

The residents, staff and visitors all been been wonderful in their positive and affirming feedback.

So until next time.

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