Published in Latte’ Life Issue 17 March 2016.
“Tracey Miller’s career is driven by her artistic talents. She’s had 25 years teaching and running successful art making workshops for beginners, corporate clients, institutions, charities and local government.
Now she wants to take your drab walls whether they be in offices, conference rooms, break out spaces and elsewhere and create a beautiful one of a kind mural.
In 2015 Tracey approached Dr Don Ross, the CEO of the beautiful Harbison Care village in Burradoo, about the possibility of painting a mural and her challenge was accepted.
The gorgeous trompe l’oeils in the Harbison dining room were her first local ( mural ) job.The first image Tracey and her team painted was of the sea viewed through a colonnade, continued around he corner with country wide scenes included.
Tracey chose these images because they are familiar to many people and the Highlands are close to the coast. The results have drawn numerous positive comments from residents, staff and visitors. Many people even asked for particular images to be included which helped to spread the feeling of ownership to the residents and staff.
artation is her new brainchild to allow participants, at conferences and events, to enhance communication, collaboration and creativity in a non threatening environment while having fun. And she’s offering a special time for groups to spend the day and work in her Bowral studio in artistic pursuits.”
For more information contact Tracey on 0481 480 829 or email email@example.com
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.
Annette Hearne after a busy day painting.
We 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.
A 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.
Tracey adding details.
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.
Annette and I both enjoy adding details.
Annette loved painting these sparrows.
Now there are bright trompe l’oeils at each end of the dining room.
One of the best parts of painting at Harbison Care in Burradoo are the comments from residents, visitors and staff.
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.
Many 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.
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.
Subscribe below to our next newsletter. If you would like a trompe l’oeil or corporate image painted at your home or office please contact Tracey.
Take one blank wall, add some paint and you’ve created an interactive point of interest and discussion.
This is what happened when I painted the first trompe l’oeil in the dining room at Harbison Care in Burradoo, New South Wales. It got people interested and talking. Each passer-by had suggestions and input as to what they wanted on the wall, which was exactly our aim!
Annette Hearne, offered to help even though she had not painted before, she is a pastel artist. She thought she could help by ruling up and assisting. Well that turned out to be a big surprise because she quickly learned to blend colours and paint, showing a great eye for detail. We worked really well as a team.
The first trompe l’oeil commission was in October 2015 at Harbison Care in Burradoo. The large dining room was plain with fairly bare walls. The idea was to paint a trompe l’oeil to create a visual illusion of space and to give a sense of being connected to the out doors.
We decided to paint a view of the sea because most people have a connection to the sea. Viewing it through a colonnade, tied the scene to the dining room and also helped to bring back fond memories of beach visits and pavilions.
Above shows Annette painting. At this stage people couldn’t see what the image was about and the questions were fast and furious.
We added the sky, sea and sand and everyone understood the images as more detail was added. Above is an image of me, Tracey with the seagull flying down to grab a potato chip. Residents came to view the image making comments like “Is that a picture of me sitting on the seat with my granddaughter?” or “I used to sail on a bay like that.”
The detail below shows children playing with their buckets on the beach. We can all relate to that!
As the wall turned the corner, we decided to include an image of the country side which flowed down to the beach. We thought this was a relevant image because it reflects the Southern Highlands and Illawarra area.
The trompe l’oeil in the dining room is almost finished in the image above. As people stop to look they request additions like whales, sharks, ocean liners and yachts. We added as many suggested details as possible to encourage ownership of the trompe l’oeil by everyone.
Its been a pleasure working on this trompe l’oeil and the response has been very positive and rewarding. Most Australians can relate to the sea and the countryside and it was obvious by all the positive comments we received that it was the right image for the venue.
If you would like a trompe l’oeil painted at your workplace or home please contact me here.
We also make facilitated murals, where your employees or team, paint their own image under our guidance.
Please share this post and I look forward to chatting with you again soon about artation’s next art project.