This mural is a recreation of the fresco at The House of the Marine Venus in Pompeii. The scene depicts Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love & Beauty, born of the sea and carried ashore on a cockleshell in the presence of cupids.
This piece has been painted onto a 3ft x 2ft canvas.
I put together a step-by-step project of a fish design mosaic from my second book 'The Trompe L'oeil Bible'. I have reworked the design for this video and have allowed myself a little more time embellishing the details and, as with a lot of my other works, adding a bit of wear and tear.
This trompe l'oeil piece of a stylised orange tree was painted onto a 2ft x 4ft canvas.
The initial painting is done using just White and Raw Umber - gradually building up the tonal values before any colour is added.
Over the years I have painted this effect many times in my customer's homes and also in a few Italian restaurants where the effect unselfishly lends itself to painted Mediterranean views and the odd trompe l'oeil glass of wine.
It also works especially well in sun-baked conservatories.