This painting is in a bedroom – a beautiful large room with great proportions and a vaulted ceiling. It has French doors into the master bath and double doors at both the entrances and the walk-in closet. Unfortunately, there is only one window in it. The window is big, with an arched topper, so we decided to copy that design on an adjacent wall for balance. To create the relaxing escape effect the homeowner wanted, we made the scene to be viewed from window a beach with a fluffy clouded blue rsky.
I matched all the details of the woodwork, and even used the
latex paint used on the real wookwork so the color and gloss would
perfectly. The window is flung part of the way open to look
casual and allow the imaginary breeze to come in.
The window pane area is overpainted with a high gloss clear acrylic, to create the reflection of an actual window. The hardware is also designed to match the rest of the room, actually in the whole house for that matter. The shadowing throughout the painting helps with the 3-dimensional effect.
The beach and the water's edge were designed to
movement. It seems more realistic to me to just slightly suggest
movement - not to have big waves crashing on the beach. If you
glance at a trompe l'oieil painting, you should be fooled for just an
instant. Adding details that suggest big movements only make it
harder to create that illusion - its all destroyed when nothing
actually moves after a few seconds.