This is a mural I did for the Gonzalez family. My sister-in-law, Gloria, wanted me to match the color scheme of the rest of the room. You can see that scheme in the top picture, to the extreme left. This is actually two murals. The one on the left is an Arizona landscape, and the one on the right is perhaps a Sonoran Desert scene. It is a desert in Mexico because you can see Speedy Gonzales on the far right. But, on second thought, after looking at some pictures of the Sonoran Desert, this is probably the Sahara Desert. And why is Speedy Gonzales in the Sahara Desert? Because he is fast.
Here is a drawing I did of my sister’s birds, Oscar and Gonzo. Oscar is the blue one in the foreground and Gonzo is the little green guy in the back. Gonzo is very vocal. He screams at the top of his lungs a lot. Such beauty. There is a funny story behind this drawing. Well, maybe not funny, but interesting. I guess…no…it’s not really that interesting, on second thought. Let me just say that I have an anecdote. When I was in the pencil sketch stage of this drawing, I left my sketchbook on the floor and the pig decided to nibble on it a little bit. When I tried to erase some lines I was not happy with, well…they just would not go away. I was contending with eraser resistant pig spittle, apparently. This occurrence caused me to choose colored pencil instead of watercolor as my medium. The end.
This was my first full color mural. It was a lot of fun to make because I had never done a mural before. It was scary and exciting at the same time. Kind of like a roller coaster ride! I did it for a company called Beyond the Rainforest, in 1999.