Hi Blog Friends - Thanks for joining me...Meet Keith Blum - he's my brother. He's a fabulous artist/muralist whose Trompe L'oeil works have amazed me my whole life and I'm so happy to share it all with you. You may have seen one of the murals he painted at the famous F & S Fabrics in West L.A.
That's him standing in front of the mural next to a car so you have some perspective of the size of the building. He can draw and paint anything - he prefers to do it with wide brushes with huge huge strokes on the side of a building, but can fool your eye even if in a little niche painted with a skinny brush. A true artist.
Currently he's doing a mural in Santa Monica featuring a tribute to Marco Polo - the store is Marco Polo Imports and they have very cool imported furniture, chandeliers, pillows, shells, candles etc. Located just up the street from this landmark in Santa Monica, California -
Here's the pencil rendering - you can see that it's in a 3-ring binder and is notebook size...The side of the building will be completely covered with his artwork
This is the side of the building chalked out with some outline done and check out the major scaffolding going on - can you imagine painting something that large that close that high?
And here's what it looks like looking straight up!
Walk right around the building and you'll see the front...(remember this was Day 1 so it's just the beginning) see the chalk marks on the left where there will be a mural and see the door and staircase on the right? it's painted no real stairs or door there at all.
Here's a closeup of the Trompe L'oeil door and stairs...there will be another photo when the left side when is done - amazing don't you think?
This was all for Day 1 - you can see the building taking on it's new look - and I'm sure the final picture will be out of this world mind blowing great.
And then we headed home...
Day 2 on Monday - wait till you see the progress...Santa Monica's got it!