Design Arts Daily: "Going to the Dogs, Big Time" by Mark Ulriksen

I just finished creating a large mural in the Pao Alto law offices of Simpson Thacher, working alongside my 22-year-old daughter Emma—both new experiences and a great time was had by all. Here’s the color sketch [above] that got me (us) the job.

I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do this…never done a mural before, and I was not crazy about commuting an hour each way from San Francisco to Palo Alto, blah, blah. But after 21 years working out of a tiny studio a change felt like a good way to start off the New Year.

Working with house paint we managed to finish the three rolling hills and sky on the first day. I may have to start using paint rollers more often. I started Day 3 painting tree trunks and Emma handled the branch details. Her hand skills are excellent and her eyes are much younger and sharper than mine. We taped my dog sketches into place, based on a grid we overlaid atop my original sketch.

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