Playing With Perspective: A Mural in El Sauce, Nicaragua, Update #1

Playing With Perspective: A Mural in El Sauce, Nicaragua, Update #1

It is fitting that I paint my first mural in my hometown of El Sauce, Nicaragua.  The place where I grew up, where I first became fascinated with music and the arts.  Since moving away at seventeen, I have been all over the world to over 70 countries.  But still there is no place like home.

Day 3: Incorporating a window into the illusion of a tunnel.

Since moving away, my visits to El Sauce (pronounced el sow-say) have never been long enough to have the time to complete a significant piece.  Until now.  The large, colorful walls of the town beckoned, and I knew it was time to do my first mural.

But what to paint?

Day 4: Starting to bring definition to the archways and columns.

I have always been a fan of surrealism, cubism, and optical art.  Naturally, this has led to a great admiration of the work of M.C. Escher.  This 17 by 11 ft piece is an appropriation of the 1947 woodcut, “Other World”, by M.C. Escher.  My hope is that the illusion of three-dimensionality draws locals and visitors alike to interact with the mural.  

 

Day 6: Overall form begins to take shape.

 

Day 8: The tunnel now has a brick texture, and the rest of the piece continues to gain definition.