Allison’s mural

Allison writes:

“I was recently invited to participate in a group show at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA called Seven: A Performative Drawing Project. Seven different artists are given one of the seven walls of the main gallery to paint or draw on. The whole process is recorded with a digital camera taking photos at different intervals that will eventually be compiled into a stop-motion video, recording each artists process. It is a tremendous opportunity and I was honored to be invited to participate.

I wanted to share my process of the creation of my mural in the photos below. It was a wonderful experience to take what started out as a small ink drawing and translate it onto a large wall with paint and big brushes.

I’ve never worked this large before (15 feet wide, 10 feet tall) so I thoroughly prepped and planned before beginning on the project. My printmaking background definitely came in handy for this – I approached everything in layers. I started with many different ideas and eventually settled on the diamond girl character, and colored and mocked up my ink drawing in Illustrator.
The first step in painting the mural was mapping out the hair and face with the aid of a projector and painter’s tape to get the scale and placement correct. I rolled the the navy blue paint for the hair and the yellow paint for the face and neck onto the wall. Next, I created a white underpainting with gesso for the areas of the hair that would become the leaves and flowers. I painted the colors on in order just like I would if I was screen printing: white, yellow, pink, gray, blue. Part of the fun of the process for me is seeing what will happen – the final mural did not turn out exactly as the original drawing, but I’m pretty happy with all of the little changes that happened along the way.

I loved the whole experience and I hope I have an opportunity to paint another mural or large scale piece like this again sometime soon!

The show is up through August 9th, with the closing party August 8th from 6-8pm, please check out the Montserrat Galleries blog for more info:


  • Allison–She is gorgeous! Congrats :)

    by suzy
    July 10, 2013
  • Ok, that is totally awesome! I love seeing her reflection on the floor too!

    by Shannon Newlin
    July 11, 2013
  • It is fabulous, Allison!!! I absolutely LOVE it! Great job!

    July 11, 2013
  • Thanks Suzy!!!

    by Allison
    July 11, 2013
  • Very-very Cool! Thanks for sharing. Adorable!

    by Peachmist
    July 11, 2013
  • Wow! That is just brilliant!!!!! I want it in my house!

    July 12, 2013
  • this is beautiful!

    by francescaiannaccone
    July 12, 2013
  • this is so much fun. Gorgeous mural!

    by miriambos
    July 12, 2013
  • It’s absolutely breathtaking!

    by kimberlykling
    July 12, 2013
  • That is totally phenomenal Allison! Very well done, it’s beautiful.

    by Zoe
    July 12, 2013
  • OMG so cool!!! I live a few blocks from Montserrat and am heading over there first thing tomorrow now that I’ve seen this post!! – Jules

    July 15, 2013
  • that’s awesome!

    July 15, 2013
  • Love it! What a lot of fun that must have been: drawing as art installation!

    by joannehus
    July 17, 2013
  • So cool!!!

    by petrahaemmerleinova
    July 25, 2013

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