About the Mural:
When painting in my kitchen years ago, I had no clue this would advance to the point of making public art in locations I visited as a tourist! It fills me with disbelief because for years, I was limited to painting canvases that fit in my car.
The inspiration for this work comes from observing birds with my grandma. You'll find fledglings descending from the nest, flocks of birds, regurgitation stations, and one bird going to the bathroom on everyone down below! Although larger than a bus, the shades of the mural gracefully transition to depict day and night. The color organization of the birds also creates a rainbow with the illusion of sparkles.
The Darling Aviary
Premium professional exterior paint on stucco and custom-cut wood panels, gold metallic color
Downtown Sacramento, CA.
21x10 feet; 10x32 feet
Behind the Scenes:
When designing the mural, I calculated the size of each wood panel by converting pixels to feet. Then, I multiplied by a factor of 31.89, bringing the mural rendering to scale. My greatest fear was painting the birds and realizing I'd made an inaccurate calculation on installation day. Yet, everything worked out!