|©SandraJessop Machu Picchu, watercolor, 6x9"|
Last year I was remembering a trip to Michigan, driving past all the wonderful sunflowers fields, so I painted sunflowers on a naked wall outside my house. I blogged about it for Creative Every Day and you can see that here. We originally planted trees/bushes strategically outside windows to cover the view of the block wall. One year, a fierce storm removed one of those trees (also leaving behind a crack in the window) thus the sunflowers were planted.
Shortly after we moved into this house I painted a toucan scene on a corner wall, to brighten up a view from inside. I've alway wanted to continue the mural onto the next wall incorporating some sort of ruins. In keeping with the South American theme, I decided on a place that fascinates me: Machu Picchu. I've been scouring the internet for pictures and reading articles about traveling to Peru. I am a bit saddened by the fact that the number of tourists has increased so dramatically, the area is experiencing problems with pollution and over-crowding. Last year Peru imposed restrictions on the Inca Trail to limit the number of people and also raised the fee.
Since I will probably never see it in person, I'm making an imaginary trip. I am still at the beginning of this journey, but wanted to share. Incidentally, this is a good time of year to visit Machu Picchu, just in case it's on your bucket list.
This is the hidden wall where it will go, near the air conditioner. I did cut a few more branches so I don't get poked in the eye while painting, but I like the idea of it being partially covered. Lots of drawings, color sketches. I began chalking the wall to test the placement, as this is something to be seen through the windows of the house. I'm glad I did because I needed to move the whole thing over about 6 inches. I also decided I wanted roofs on my buildings.
|Figuring out the stonework|