This was a free-form, free-hand mural that was at once inspiring and challenging. There were preliminary drawings for this mural, the essential subject being the effect of standing in the middle of a water splash, but there was no transfer of images to the wall. I simply taped the drawings at places on the wall, and started drawing in paint with large, sweeping motions across the walls.
The challenging part was in the choice of palette colors. As this is a gallery, and anything displayed on the walls ought to stand out well, without the wall itself competing for attention. To accomplish this, I chose a palette of colors with a very tight value range; so tight, in fact, that when applying the darkest color, it went on lighter than the lightest color when wet. I continued on knowing that in a few minutes the latex paint would dry to the expected value, and I would actually see what I painted. Slightly unnerving at first, this proved to be a confidence builder, and the effect of such subtle an image was inspiring and astonishing.
Such a mural as this is perfect for areas that require a very soft, subtle treatment, and yet have a unique mellow yet stimulating effect. Of course adjusting the contrast creates varying degrees of stimulation, depending upon the needs.