It’s a little bit tricky to paint on the doors because they are not flat, but the results are worth the effort. The patisserie window backdrop was done using an old lace tablecloth as a stencil, eliminating the need to show the whole inside of the shop, and creating a more or less neutral base for all the color of the pastries and breads. The ideas for the bakery items were suggested by clip art images of baked goods, as well as cookbook illustrations.
The background of the hat shop window was kept dark, to create a contrast with the bakery, and also to provide a more dramatic frame for the various flamboyant hats and accessories. This awning may be my favorite element in this painting (I keep coming back to these awnings!). I think it gives the whole room a sort of festive flair, reminding you that these paintings are all about fun and imagination. The leopard hat and gloves are another favorite part- I just think the faux fur is cool.
The twisted topiary between the shops is another fun touch, and also furthers the 3-dimensional punch. Once again, the clients’ sense of humor comes into play, with the hat shop sign. “Haute Chapeau” translates to “high hat”, chosen because the client is a drummer. Both windows were given bits of white highlight to mimic the shine of glass, but were also painted with a high gloss acrylic sealer for shine, while the rest of the mural was sealed with a flat acrylic sealer.