My son Geoff had a college video class project to come up with, so he decided to film in a few stages my progress on the mural commission I was currently working on. He added the foofy music before turning the project in for a grade.The premise of the mural was to depict the client’s Coto de Caza neighborhood as it may have looked in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century mashed up with a modern juxtaposition of the equestrian views of the client’s current neighborhood. So we had vintage citrus and mission landscapes combined with current horses, barns, and fences.

The mural is 16′ by 4′, painted in acrylic. It took me about 2 or 3 weeks, working out of my garage. I installed a set of fluorescent lights, and worked out of small containers of paint on tables. The canvas was one large sheet stretched over four 4′ by 4′ stretcher frames bolted together, placed over a frame of 2 by 3’s. To deliver the finished mural, I had to rent a 20′ Ryder truck to transport it in one piece to the Coto de Caza home. No problem getting it down there, but things went a little squirrely when I was backing the truck in his driveway and ran the back of the truck into a straggly tree he had in front of his house. A little damage to the top of the truck, and it destroyed the tree. No harm to the mural, but I neglected to report the damage on the truck to Ryder…..sshhhhh…

–Kevin Davidson