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Trompe Bougainvillea Day 29

Today, I brought the iconic gum trees of Trompe Bougainvillea to life, focusing on every detail from trunk to leaf ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 28

Today, I focused on refining the foreground elements of Trompe Bougainvillea, starting with the pebble path. The flagstones got a ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 27

Today, I got to focus on the ground-level of Trompe Bougainvillea, which was a nice change of pace! I added ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 26

Today the depth effect of Trompe Bougainvillea was completed! The remaining sides were carefully masked off, setting the stage for ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 25

On Day 25, the edge trim got its final coat of paint, wrapping up that detail work nicely. It's such ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 24

Unfortunately, not all mural painting is glamourous. Today I conquered the monotonous task of painting the mural frame white. There ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 23

Are you excited to see the jacarandas complete? Well, today I finished painting the tops of the biggest jacarandas where ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 22

Today the immersive botanical environment of Trompe Bougainvillea truly came to life. First, I finished blocking in all the remaining ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 21

In a very exciting stage of the mural, I have added the final layer of rich blue tones to the ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 20

Today I contained the journey of painting Trompe Bougainvillea's expansive sky. As beautiful as those soft blue gradients appear, achieving ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 19

Today Trompe Bougainvillea received some adjustments on the path near the bridge. I blocked in rich, dark green tones, laying ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 18

Today the beautiful blooms of Trompe Bougainvillea really started to shine. After some patient brushwork, the pale pinks and darker ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 17

Today I spent a long time drawing up the little bridge in full perspective. This was a tricky job for ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 16

Trompe Bougainvillea took a leap forward today as I transitioned from loose outlines to painting full blocks of color. I ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 15

With the detailed pencil design mapped across the panels, today I got to add some vivid paint to the scene ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 14

In an intensive drawing session today, I transferred Trompe Bougainvillea's detailed design from the digital renderings onto the full-scale assembled ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 13

When working on a mural like Trompe Bougainvillea, it is crucial that the design is set up to last a ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 12

Today I spent my time on the crucial panel prepping stage that will make the Trompe Bougainvillea design a 3D ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 11

Today was an immensely satisfying day bringing Trompe Bougainvillea's digital design to its final form! With the botanical elements and ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 10

With the panels now set up in the studio, I spent the day working on the digital design. There are ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 9

After spending a few days on Trompe Bougainvillea's digital design, I shifted my focus to the physical mural setup. Phil ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 8

With the tricky perspective elements now placed into the digital design, today I added lots of life and color into ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 7

Today, I immersed myself in the digital layout for Trompe Bougainvillea. I started by drawing the panels at the correct ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 6

Today, Trompe Bougainvillea took a major step forward! My husband, Phil, and I had to run around Brisbane dealing with ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 5

With the site changes accounted for, today was all about drawing up the revised measurements in preparation for the digital ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 4

Every mural journey has its unexpected roadblocks, and the first for Trompe Bougainvillea is the panel suppliers. The company we ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 3

If you've ever had your kitchen renovated, you know just how meticulous the measurements need to be for a seamless ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 2

After an exciting and productive start to Trompe Bougainvillea, I was eager to keep the mural preparations rolling. This time, ...

Trompe Bougainvillea Day 1

On the first day of every mural, I get to spend time on location with the client. For this beautiful ...

Trompe Versailles Overview: The Full Transformation

Want to watch as the entire Trompe Versailles mural comes together? Check out this time-lapse! It's crazy to see months ...

Trompe Versailles Session 37: Applying the Clear Coat

To make sure my murals last for several lifetimes, I always apply a clear coat as the final step. This ...

Trompe Versailles Session 36: Chiselling a Signature

Woohoo! Trompe Versailles is finished! Can you believe it is time for the final signature? I can't. For this final ...

Trompe Versailles Session 35: Planting Poplar Trees

In this session, I got out my gardening tools and planted two poplar trees on the far left panel of ...

Trompe Versailles Session 34: Painting Red Geraniums

In this session, I finished the colourful red geraniums (including all the little green stalks!). I also tweaked the left ...

Trompe Versailles Session 33: The Geranium Underpainting

In the last session, I added geranium plants to the flower boxes outside the castle windows. From there, I have ...

Trompe Versailles Session 32: Planting Geraniums

In this session, I planted geranium bushes in the foreground of Trompe Versailles. These are planted in pots on the ...

Trompe Versailles Session 31: Planter Boxes in Spring

It's Spring at Trompe Versailles! Every Spring, the gardens of Trompe Versailles are lined with citrus planter boxes designed by ...

Trompe Versailles Session 30: Flowers in Bloom

In this session, I finished all of the flowers! It's definitely looking bright and colourful now. I followed this by ...

Trompe Versailles Session 29: Gold Statues and Topiaries

Today I was able to add lots of beautiful details to the mural, including gold sculptures in the central pond, ...

Trompe Versailles Session 28: Painting Ponds

In this session, I focused on the ponds! In particular, I tweaked the shapes of the ellipses, finished the rims, ...

Trompe Versailles Session 27: Drawing Sculptures and Hedges

In this session, I was able to draw more hedges surrounding the lower plaza, add more sculptures, tidy up the ...

Trompe Versailles Session 26: Tweaking Shadows, Hedges, and Ponds

In this session, I completed a number of little tweaks on the mural. This included finishing the existing shadows in ...
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Trompe Versailles Session 25: Painting Distant Mountains

After mixing five different colours, I painted soft blended bands of each one on the mural to create the forest ...
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Trompe Versailles Session 24: Planting Trees and Hedges

Today I planted out some trees, rosebushes, and miles of hedges — all clipped and neat. The rose bushes haven't ...

Trompe Versailles Session 23: The First Fountain

In very exciting news...the first fountain now has colour! But not only that, the garden beds have also been added ...

Trompe Versailles Session 22: The Pencil Returns

Today, I had to pick up my pencil again to darken the outlines of all of the beautiful grass patches ...

Trompe Versailles Session 21: Painting the Pathways

I'm making progress on the Trompe Versailles garden! In this session, I finished painting all the pathways and around the ...

Trompe Versailles Session 20: Filling in the Forest

Guess what? The entire forest is finished! I'm amazed that we're at this point. The mural is looking very lush ...

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Trompe Versailles Session 18: Into the Gardens!

I've really been looking forward to adding colour to the Trompe Versailles gardens and today was just the beginning! I ...

Trompe Versailles Session 17: Finishing the Frame

In today's session, I reached such an exciting milestone - the entire frame is now complete! I'm so happy with ...

Trompe Versailles Session 16: Updating the Fourth Panel

Before I was able to finish the frame, I had to catch the fourth panel up to the progress level ...

Trompe Versailles Session 15: Adding Grout and Masking

After I finished laying and detailing the brickwork in my last session, all they still needed was grout. I started ...

Trompe Versailles Session 14: Laying the Last Bricks

Today was a massive day of mural painting! In this session, I finished laying the brickwork around the entire mural ...

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Trompe Versailles Session 11 – Blocking Stone and Sky

The mural has reached a really exciting stage! Today I got the stone painted in and also started on the ...

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Trompe Versailles Session 9 – Painting the Dark Edges

Today, I did a ton of masking and painted all around the outside of the panels to hide that they ...

Trompe Versailles Session 8 – Paint Hits Canvas!

Today, I got started by getting actual paint on my brush, then onto the canvas, and then I stopped when ...

Trompe Versailles Session 7 – Preparing for the First Paint Strokes

Now the design is all finished, I can start drawing on the canvas! First I blackened out in behind the ...

Trompe Versailles Session 6 – The Design Of The Mural

It has taken me nearly two weeks to finalise the entire mural design, but I can proudly say it is ...

Trompe Versailles Session 5 – Designing and Hanging the Canvas Blinds

This morning, I finished hanging the panels in the studio because the canvas blinds were being delivered and installed later ...

Trompe Versailles Session 4 – Attaching The First Strut

Today I helped my husband, Phil, to build a wooden frame for the aluminium panels which will sit behind each ...

Trompe Versailles Session 3 – Measuring Out The Panel Space

Today my husband Phil and I measured out the wall space for the panels. It took a good deal of ...

Trompe Versailles Session 2 – Cleaning Up The Studio

Today I worked on tidying my studio so that my husband Phil and I can hang the panels. When I'm ...

Trompe Versailles Session 1 – Panels Delivered to the Studio

Today the panels for Trompe Versailles were delivered to my studio in Bellbowrie, Australia. This means that the mural is ...

Trompe Moongate Day 26 – Presenting to the Public

This is the very last day of work on Trompe Moongate, a 3D-mural of Hạ Long Bay in Vietnam, painted ...

Trompe Moongate Day 25 – Sharing with the World

Today I've added a little something extra to the mural at Bulimba — the social share links! This was really ...

Trompe Moongate Day 24 – Paintbrushes Down!

I'm so excited to announce that the painting of Trompe Moongate is FINISHED! Today was the very last day of ...

Trompe Moongate Day 23 – The End of the Jetty

As mentioned in the video above, I'm getting very close to completing the Trompe Moongate mural at Bulimba. Today I ...

Trompe Moongate Day 22 – The Last Drop of Water

Yesterday I finished painting the wood of the long jetty leading from Oxford Street, Bulimba and down into Hạ Long ...

Trompe Moongate Day 21 – Stepping Out Onto The Jetty

Today at Trompe Moongate, my task was to build the jetty into Hạ Long Bay. I started by painting the ...

Trompe Moongate Day 20 – The Last of the Boats

There is not long to go for Trompe Moongate on Oxford St, Bulimba. I spent today working on the details ...

Trompe Moongate Day 19 – Rained Out Again

Unfortunately, mural painting doesn't always go to plan. Today at Trompe Moongate, I was planning to finish work on the ...

Trompe Moongate Day 18 – The Magic of Glaze

I'm rugged up again today to work on Trompe Moongate in the cold morning air. I started by tweaking a ...

Trompe Moongate Day 17 – It Takes A Village

Today at the Trompe Moongate mural I have been working on the fishing villages. There are two sections of fishing ...

Trompe Moongate Day 16 – Decorating Sailboats

Today I started work on Trompe Moongate by adding more details to the mountains. This involved touching up the foliage ...

Trompe Moongate Day 15 – Rained Out

Today at Trompe Moongate I spent the lovely, sunny morning setting up my painting station. However, as I noticed the ...

Trompe Moongate Day 14 – Reflecting Reality

Today at Trompe Moongate I had to pull out my painting gloves to keep warm in the cool morning air ...

Trompe Moongate Day 13 – The Water of Hạ Long Bay

Today I began painting a large section of Trompe Moongate - the water! As the outlining of the entire mural ...

Trompe Moongate Day 12 – Conquering Mountains

Today I had a late day out at Trompe Moongate in Bulimba. To start off I finished painting the sky ...

Trompe Moongate Day 11 – First Colour

Today I am working on Trompe Moongate at Bulimba, and it's time for one of my favourite steps in the ...

Trompe Moongate Day 10 – Painting 100 Bricks in 3D

Since the last post, I've continued working on the brick detailing around the moongate at the Trompe Moongate mural in ...

Trompe Moongate Day 8 – Tiny Brush, Big Mural

Today I've been working on the brick moongate for Trompe Moongate in Bulimba. Despite the chilly morning, I'm really happy ...

Trompe Moongate Day 7 – Rain Coat and First Paint

Early this morning I headed to Trompe Moongate in Bulimba to get ready to start painting. First, I had to ...

Trompe Moongate Day 6 – Preparing for Paint

Today I spent time outlining the grout of the bricks in Trompe Moongate, outside Vietnamese Mint in Bulimba. Tomorrow I ...

Trompe Moongate Day 5 – Final Design

Today I spent more time designing the layout for Trompe Moongate on Oxford Street, Bulimba. I am really happy with ...

Trompe Moongate Day 3 & 4 – Designing

Two days of work doing digital design and it’s nearly there! Client is very happy with the design so far ...

Trompe Moongate Day 2 – Creating the Moongate

Today I had a late night at the Trompe Moongate mural in Bulimba. I've spent the day doing a lot ...

Trompe Moongate Day 1 – Mapping the Journey

It's the very first day on location in Bulimba for the Trompe Moongate art project. This project is right next ...
Trompe Dollhouse Day 12

Trompe Dollhouse Day 12 – Starting the Stonework and Rooms

Today I dismantled the drawer so it could be primed ready for painting. The stone colour (the undercolour) was mixed ...
Trompe Bushland Day 45

Trompe Bushland Day 45 – Final Critters, Memory Plaque and Signing

Today was the last painting day to finish off. I painted nine birds, one marsupial, and one monotreme. The central ...
Trompe Bushland Day 44

Trompe Bushland Day 44 – Insects, Amphibians, and More

I added some branches for the birds to perch on. Painted a whole pile of critters today, using my tiniest ...
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Trompe Bushland Day 43 – Butterflies and Beetles

I added a few more Brisbane butterflies, then added two big Brisbane beetles: the Stag beetle and the Christmas beetle ...
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Trompe Bushland Day 42 – Snakes and Butterflies

Today  painted a pretty python perched between the pot plants. And two other sneaky snakes, one harmless and one nasty ...
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Trompe Bushland Day 41 – Hoya and Richmond Birdwing

Lots of fine detail work today: creating the hoya vine with its intricate flowers, then the Richmond Birdwing butterflies on ...

Trompe Bushland Day 40 – Foreground Flowers

The flowers on the shrubs always really bring the mural to life. I added highlights to the wall plant hangers ...

Trompe Bushland Day 39 – Details of Trees and Vines

This is where the painting starts to come to life! I started adding in the flowers in the bushes at ...

Trompe Bushland Day 38 – Painting the Creek and Pathway

A big day today painting details. I finished fixing the shapes of the big terracotta pots on the deck, then ...
Trompe Alhambra Design sketch

TROMPE ALHAMBRA DAY 4 – ADDING TO THE STONEBLOCK COLUMNS

Today I drew the top line of the stoneblock column. Here’s a little video of what else I got up ...

TROMPE ALHAMBRA DAY 3 – DRAWING THE STONE BLOCK COLUMNS

Today I drew the stone block columns on the wall. The time that’s been spent in getting the scale drawing ...

TROMPE ALHAMBRA DAY 2 – LOCATION SET UP AND SCALE SKETCH

Today I moved all the materials and resources I need to bring the Trompe Alhambra to life from my studio ...

The Trompe Alhambra Mural

This trompe l’oeil mural has just been completed by Jacqueline Hill in Brisbane inner West. It was a commission for ...

TROMPE SANTORINI DAY 10 – BALUSTRADE RAILS

Did some tricky measuring up for the white balustrade, taped up and started painting. Also tweaked the buildings in the ...

Trompe Santorini Day 9 – Santorini islands

Today I spent more time working on the stonework. The sea and the sky are now finished. At one stage ...

Trompe Santorini Day 8 – Finish sky and ocean

I repainted the design of the clouds on the computer until I was happy with them: I also worked on ...

TROMPE SANTORINI DAY 7 – OCEAN, COBBLES

I started painting the cobblestones and ocean. The stonework got a bit more stoned, but there’s still al long way ...

TROMPE SANTORINI DAY 6 – STONE AND SKY

When I got all set up ready to start today I discovered this little cutie lying in my way. How ...

Trompe Santorini Day 4 – Mask and start painting

Rosie is Sonja’s adorable little Bichon princess that loves keeping me company while I’m working. She is going to be ...

TROMPE SANTORINI DAY 5 – MASK AND START PAINTING SKY

Today I got my big brushes out at last and painted the start of the sky. I’ve made it a ...

Trompe Santorini Day 3 – Finish colour design

I painted a little watercolour of the background to get the exact shapes we wanted. Then I overlaid it under ...

TROMPE SANTORINI DAY 2 – Design in Colour with Detail

Sonja and I sat together and worked out the details of the design in colour. I drew and painted it ...

TROMPE SANTORINI DAY 1 – MEASURE AND DESIGN SKETCH

Today I met up with the lovely Sonja and measured up the wall in her home in the French Quarter ...

TROMPE SANTORINI

Today I met up with the lovely Sonja and measured up the wall in her home in the French Quarter ...

The Trompe Santorini Mural

This mural is being created right now by Jacqueline Hill in Brisbane inner West. It is a commission for a ...
Trompe Bushland Day 22 - Priming

Trompe Bushland Day 22 – Priming

Today I used a primer that we selected for it's aggressive grip on the panel to make sure the mural ...
Trompe Tuscany Mural in Brisbane

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TROMPE ALHAMBRA DAY 1 – INITIAL DESIGN

June 2018: spreading out all the ideas on my huge studio table to bring it all together in one design ...