Life-sized horses, elephants and dinosaurs murals plus coloring book walls in my 2016 LART Studio!

This mural below ( a muraflage ) is about 10 feet by 30 feet and is mostly oil paint on canvas! I painted this randomly (zen) in my studio that we called ‘the LART Studio’ at The Studios At Sheridan in Peoria (2016). I enjoyed having such a large space to work on large projects like this where I stapled canvas to the wall, primed it and then just went to work with mostly oil paints. Nothing was planned out but when you work that way you can surprise yourself with some unexpected results! The studio was a little too expensive for Hollye and I to keep more than a year but we participated in the CIAO First Friday events and made a lot of people happy with our public coloring book walls!!

Allegory of imagination Mural by Daz Lartist

The local newspapers (Peoria Journal Star and affiliates) referred to this place as a “hot spot” for it’s CIAO First Friday gatherings right after my gallery show in the central area! You can see from the picture below that my gallery show was fun!

http://mortontimesnews.com/lifestyle/20160420/sheridan-main-corridor-has-evolved-into-hot-spot

Studios at Sheridan Peoria Illinois CIAO First Friday gallery show- paintings by Daz Lartist

Early stages of horses mural - Daz LartistEarly stages of horses mural - Daz Lartist

Early stages of the life sized horses and girls mural – Daz Lartist

Life sized horse oil painting (in progress) by Daz Lartist

Back wall mural and paintings - Daz Lartist

Back wall mural and paintings in my 2016 studio – Daz Lartist

Daz Lartist 2016 studio panoramic

Daz Lartist 2016 studio panoramic

Daz Lartist and Connor Mcmanis 2016 LART studio

Daz Lartist and Connor Mcmanis at one of our 2016 LART Studio First Friday events – we made one of the walls in the studio into a coloring book for the public!

Lart Studio at Studios on Sheridan 2016 First Friday coloring wall by Daz Lartist and Connor Mcmanis

Lart Studio at The Studios At Sheridan 2016 First Friday coloring wall by Daz Lartist and Connor Mcmanis

Lart Studio coloring wall - Daz Lartist backgrounds with animals drawn by Connor Mcmanis

Lart Studio coloring wall for 2016 First Friday public – Daz Lartist backgrounds with animals drawn by Connor Mcmanis and lots of help by Hollye B Green!

Peoria Illinois public all coloring without a care - LART studio CIAO First Friday event 2016 - Art by Daz Lartist

Peoria Illinois public all coloring with crayons without a care – LART Studio CIAO First Friday event 2016 – Art by Daz Lartist. People from (I’m guessing from what I remember) about age 3 to 90+ participated in this community art project – All artists are peers – just grab a crayon and make your mark with intent!

Mural by Daz Lartist 2016

Mural by Daz Lartist 2016 – this angle shows the ‘night mare’ horse in more detail!

Daz Lartist life sized dinosaur mural!

I never finished this life sized dinosaur mural but it was good practice and fun! – Daz Lartist

Life sized horse mural by Daz Lartist 2016

Life sized horse mural by Daz Lartist 2016 at the LART Studio in Peoria Illinois (unfinished).