January 5 2019
On this mural the client had a blank garage wall and requested a vineyard scene of an area in California that they go wine tasting to a lot. (Paso Robles) I love doing Trompe L’oeil (“Trick-the-eye”) artwork and since they have a patio they sit at with only one viewing angle, it was made much easier. (Trompe L’oiel works best when viewed from a specific viewing point) I started with sketching in the arches using a pencil attached to a string and carefully measured the placement of the windows and doorway. Afterwards I added a nice red bougainvillea over the arches to make it really pop with bold color. They had a little stone bench sitting to the side and I mentioned that it would look nice as part of the scene. When it was complete I added 2 clear-coats from Novacolor Paints to protect it from the suns UV rays and make it last longer outdoors. More Trompe L’oeil: http://muralsfantastic.com/trick-the-eye/
October 8 2018
Step by step lessons on painting a trompe l’oeil Italian mural, faux color wash treatments for walls, marble treatments and more at Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Base in Oceanside, California. This was painted for the beer and wine store located on base.
October 1st 2018
On this project I show a video on how I painted clouds with a ROUND BRUSH attached to a painters pole at a 90 degree angle. I first jab a little darker and yellowish color on the wall. Then after dabbing the brush in a painters tray with white paint, I apply a jabbing motion on the top half of the brush (not the full brush). This puts a harder white edge on top and softens the bottom half.
Here is a video showing the process along with pictures of the mural.
September 26th 2018
I’ve just updated my FAUX website page…Check it out.
September 24th 2018
Besides painting murals I am a guitarist in a Blues-Rock band. We are a pretty new band and we think we found a brand new singer after the last one decided he didn’t want to be in a band anymore. We shall see. Anyway, I thought I would post a few of my paintings that have to do with art and music…both. So here they are.
January 27th 2018
“At 12 feet x 70 feet, the expansive “Mount Woodson Hiking” mural depicts Mt. Woodson as a destination for hikers who travel from around the world to appreciate the incredible views and large boulders unique to the terrain. Many hikers make it a goal to reach the top so they can take photographs of themselves on “Potato Chip Rock,” a thin outcrop resembling a potato chip that looks like it will break off at any moment. Depicted in his mural below Mt. Woodson, the artist projects his vision of a likely panorama of far-reaching vineyards that he foresees in the fast-growing wine-making industry in the Ramona valley.”
July 18th 2017
“Golf Course Mural”
June 28th 2017
Based on historical photos of early dirigibles with biplanes flying in the sky to add more of a exciting interaction.
June 13th 2017
Mural is based on historic photos of an early century trolley stop in Yorba Linda, California. The “Red Line” is the nickname for the red trolley cars that people saw shooting by on a daily basis. They were mainly used by the common man/woman worker. For the mural, I added a little boy reaching out the window to his little dog that is following along beside the car.
May 25th 2017
5 murals in the Yorba Linda area of California. The murals will be for the newly built, ActivCare memory care facility. These are a great bunch of people committed to helping elderly folks with Alzheimers and other memory issues. I have painted four facilities so far including Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Pacific Beach and Rancho Bernardo, all in Southern California. Each facility has 5 murals related to the area in which they are painted. Here is a preview of the first stage of the first mural entitled “Mr. Yorba” taken from a historic photo of the man.
Complete May 31st
May 17 2017
I just completed the “Paso Robles” mural for a customer who lives 5 minutes from my house. It was painted on the side of her garage wall where her and her husband have built a covered, outdoor seating area with a large, flat screen TV mounted on the wall. “We spend most of our time out here so this is perfect” she stated to me. “We also love fine wine and so we decided on a Paso Robles landscape through and arched door plus two arched windows.” Bougainvillea was also included for a bold splash of red color. Another detail which I love to add is a Yellow Finch sitting on the window ledge.
April 25 1017
The Historical Firehouse Mural in Ramona. Located at the site of Ramona’s original firehouse at 222 Ninth St. in Ramona, California, northeast of San Diego.
This is the 13th Ramona mural sponsored by the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
The Firehouse Mural is dedicated to the fire brigades who have served the community since the origin of the first firehouse in the early 1950s. The artist, Rik Erickson, based his art work on Engine No. 2, a 750 GPM Mack, triple-combination pumper purchased about the same time the firehouse was built. The engine was restored by the Poway Firemen’s Association in the 1970s and in the 1990s purchased by Ramona resident Darrell Beck, author of “On Memory’s Back Trail,” who states in his book that he had “on many occasions in the past used the engine to knock down grass fires.”
Here is the news article on it also: