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.
The 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.
We 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.
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.
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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