I had painted the Tuscan Mural in the kitchen of my home in Modesto California. I wanted to paint a mural to open up and brighten the kitchen since it is located in the center of the home. I based my idea for the mural off of the rolling vineyard hills of Napa Valley in California and added deep orange poppies within the foreground of the landscape painting. When the landscape painting was completed, I added a faux brick boarder to give it the illusion of an open window looking out toward the hills. This type of art technique is known as Trompe-l'œil, which is French for "to deceive the eye". This technique uses perspective and realistic imagery creating an optical illusion of the artwork as if the image is three-dimensional space.
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Monica Gunderson Fine Artist