I had finished 3 murals in this home over the summer and I got a call from my client stating that he loved it but the gun case that was put on the same wall covered too much of the mural so we made the decision to increase the mural in size and take out the blue in the sky. I still have some more work to do but due to the Holidays being here it will have to wait until the beginning of the new year. Check back and see the changes.
Have a blessed and safe Holidays. Merry Christmas from Diana Moissonnier.
This was the my latest project at the local Montessori school in Phoenix, AZ.
The owner wanted a mural that would stand out from the curb and be inviting to those coming through the front entrance.
We decided on Monet's Garden as the school children are currently creating their very own Monet's garden.
If you drive down 19th Ave in Phoenix, the school is just south of Dunlap. Drive by and take a look.
I am currently working on a mural using charcoal on plaster. Never done it before but I am always willing to paint or draw on any surface. The client wanted me to draw what he likes to call the crossroads of life.
The client will attach a barn like sliding closet door (closet is to my left), that I will continue the drawing on. He also would like to to add day glow paint so that at night the drawing takes on a different look.
I will keep you updated on my progress with this mural.
On September 11th my husband and oldest daughter went to downtown Phoenix to remember the people who died on that very sad and horrific day. The City of Phoenix Fire and Police departments along with the folks of Chase Financial had fire fighters, police officers and their families climb the 37 stories of Chase Tower which happens to be the tallest building in Arizona. Each person was given an NYPD officer or fire fighter's name and photo to carry with them on the climb. We started climbing at 6:02am which would have been 9:02am New York time. The time that the second plane hit the second twin tower. My husband was in full uniform as well as many officers and fire fighters. Some fire fighters were in full gear which included the oxygen tank strapped to their backs. There was no A/C in the stairwell so you can imagine the how hot the fire fighters got while climbing the stairs.
It was an amazing experience and I was over come with thoughts of that day and of the families who lost loved ones and of the police officers and fire fighters who lost their lives doing a job that they loved. Next time you see a police officer or a fire fighter be sure that you thank them because for the most part they do a thankless job that we as citizen take for granted.
I was doing research last week on famous artist and how they got that way. The artist that I looked up was Andy Warhol. I knew very little about this artist other then him being famous for his portraits of famous stars such as Marylin Monroe. Andy believed in working hard and he made the right connections. He was the first artist to create prints of his artwork through mass production in his studio that he named the Factory. Andy embraced the mundane and the status quo of everyday life and he shows this in his art by repeating the same object on canvas or by painting a mundane object such as a can of soup.
What I found very interesting was that even though he embraced everyday objects his style of painting gave that object a new look which made it different and interesting. Andy wasn't the first to do pop art but he made pop art famous by just throwing himself out there. Being what was considered odd and eccentric back in the 1940's and 50's help too. If Andy were alive today he would probably be considered normal.
Ok, here are the photos of the preschool project that I have spoken about in my past post. This is the photo of a very large flagstone that took me a few weeks to carve out the text along with the girl, hummingbird and butterflies. I repainted it and sealed it. The flagstone is very asorbant with the paint so it was just a matter of touching up the paint that had been chiped from the move.
The Globe is just your typical round shaped concrete with a hole drilled in the center to be a topper for a fountain. I carved out the landmass shapes so that they would be raised and the kids would be able to feel that. I then painted the landmasses using the pimary colors. It is a fun piece.
OK, I realize that I promised that I would up load photos of the touch up that I did to the flagstone carvings at the Montessori school. Well, I haven't had a chance to get back there due to being busy with my family and a race that I did last weekend. The race was called the Warrior Dash. It is a 3.4 mile obstacle race and you have to crawl through a huge mud puddle in order to make it to the finish line. It was a lot of fun. The obstacle were too easy so I was disappointed with that but for something fun to do with friends it is definitely worth it. I will go tomorrow to finish up those two pieces at the Montessori school and will post those photos tomorrow.
Happy Easter and Holy week to everyone out there. This weekend I spent my Saturday morning touching up the paint on a piece of flagstone that I had carved and painted a design with the words to a prayer like poem for a Montessori preschool on 19th Ave just north of Butler in Phoenix, AZ. I will post photos when I go back to reseal it with a concrete sealer.
The owner of the school also asked me to carve two new flagstones. One with this refrain from the song Love Grows One By One. The refrain is "Love grows one by one, two by two and four by four. Love grows' round like a circle and comes back knockin' at your front door." The other text will go on a big flagstone that will be put into the ground near a trellis. Hurt No Living Thing. "Hurt no living thing: Ladybird, nor butterfly, nor moth with dusty wing, nor cricket chirping cheerily, nor grasshopper so light of leap, nor dancing gnat, or beetle fat, nor harmless worms that creep.
On this flagstone I will probably add a couple of ladybugs and maybe a butterfly or worm as a design element to accompany the poem.
I hope that you enjoy my website and that you had a blessed Easter or Sunday afternoon surrounded by the people that matter most to you.
Until next time.
I graduated with my bachelor of arts degree from the University of Arizona. After graduation I moved to Phoenix where I was hired as graphic designer for the City of Phoenix.