Nostalgia por AndalucĂ­a"
Custom Ceramic Wall Art by Brenda Mcmahon

Nostalgia por Andalucia

Thu, Jan 9th, 2020 Art starts in so many places. This commission began with a game of Pickleball, months of conversations, developing a friendship and then an invitation to my Gulfport, Florida Art Gallery. It was then that Richard and Gina saw what I do when I'm not rushing toward the net with my racket. I shared my ceramic mural work - and their wheels started turning.

Richard and Gina decided they need an art piece for their home, and as always, our work began with a visit and a conversation. I presented a proposal and when we all agreed on all the parts, the contract was signed and the real fun began!

My clients spent many years living in Spain and they now live in a Spanish-style home near Treasure Island, Florida. So it made sense that their mural will reflect their many loves. We finalized the drawing, after going through a few renditions and the work in clay began.

The wall art is 35"h x 50" wide and will hang on the front of their home, next to the entry arch. I made the tiles, laid them out and began with my blank clay canvas. I sketched a cluster of red roofs homes on the left, a winding road through the southern Spanish countryside with poppies and fields of flowers along the route.

The water feature is beyond the red roofs, a nod to the beautiful waters right behind the client's home. I have added lots of subtle texture that will stand out once the glazing begins.

Once the work in raw clay is done, the tiles dried, went into the bisque firing and were prepared for the final glaze firing. Several days in the glaze room, layer upon layer of color was added. A final clear was placed on the surface, into the kiln and out again and the color was complete.

The last step was framing. Cathy measures the tiles on the wooden frame and build builds it by hand, including metal hanging brackets and extra support. Once that is complete, I adhere the tile and we show off "Nostalgia por Andalucia" in The Gallery before it gets installed on the front of their home. Boz and Gina thank you so much for taking our creative journey together! It was a wonderful custom experience.



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South of Spain
South of Spain
Brenda McMahon Ceramics
South of Spain
Home Entry and Arch
Home Entry and Arch

Home Entry and Arch
Art mural location
Art mural location

Art mural location
Spanish Poppy Fields
Spanish Poppy Fields
Inspiration images
Spanish Poppy Fields
sunflower fields
sunflower fields

sunflower fields
Approved drawing
Approved drawing

Approved drawing
Day 1, a blank canvas
Day 1, a blank canvas

Day 1, a blank canvas
Day 1: Sketching the town
Day 1: Sketching the town

Day 1: Sketching the town
Day 1: texture
Day 1: texture
fill in roof tiles & water
Day 1: texture
Day 2: details
Day 2: details
texturize fields and sky
Day 2: details
Day 2: carving
Day 2: carving
carve, carve, clean, clean
Day 2: carving
Drying
Drying

Drying
Glazing begins
Glazing begins
Brenda McMahon Ceramic mural
Glazing begins
Before the final coat
Before the final coat
Brenda McMahon Gallery
Guflport Florida
Before the final coat
Brenda McMahon Gallery
Brenda McMahon Gallery
Custom ceramic wall art
Brenda McMahon Gallery
Free Installation & Delivery
Free Installation & Delivery
with most custom art designs
Free Installation & Delivery
Outdoor Installation on Island of Capri
Outdoor Installation on Island of Capri

Outdoor Installation on Island of Capri

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