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Enticing Scenic Views Looking Out From My Cozy Winter Home
Exchanging Your Winter View for a Refreshing Scene
If you look out on a snow-filled scene you'd gladly trade for a cherry popsicle on a sandy beach, then this is the place for you!
high-rise vantage point
I took this photograph from the roof of my tall apartment building, during the first winter I lived in the city. The light was glorious, reflected from low clouds, so streetlights highlighted the snow.
Sound was beautifully muffled, sprinkled with a few cars, that appeared like miniatures. No mucky gutter dirt or litter was visible with this sparkly frosting of snow! Everything was sweet from up there.
perspective on winter
My perspective on enticing snowy winter scenes comes primarily three circumstances in my life. First, I was born into the deep snowy life of Alaska, where I remained for my early years of school. Life was dramatic and the snow fell high.
Winter was a regular, long fact of life. We children took it for granted that winter meant layers of warm bundly-clothing, starting with long wool socks. Over them we pulled on long underwear.
Next, over that, I wore heavy woolen leggings that zippered up the entire length of my leg, from below the ankle, to my waist. I remember what fun I thought it was to don all those layers because I knew it meant warmth when I played outside, or walked the mile to school.
The leggings had a bib top with adjustable straps, and I always tucked my cotton dress into the top of the leggings, because we girls always wore dresses. It was part of the code of being a female child.
Then the whole thing was topped off with a warm and long wool sweater. Over all those layers was my Sears, Roebuck & Co. Storm Coat.
rural snow scenes
Second, we raised our children on rural acreage, where again, winter was just another season, and our great outdoors gave space to snow forts, snowball fights, snow on the tongue, trekking through the snow around our property, playing on the frozen creek, and returning inside for hot cocoa. IKids' mittens and hats were drying near our two wood stoves, and we had White Christmases just outside our large windows.
Change your indoor perspective
when your white outdoors gets a little boring, by adding a mural to an empty wall. Broaden your view. Delight your guests with an unexpected landscape.
Today's murals are easy to install and are removable when you want to change out the scene. You've never been to the South Seas or the high mountains? That's no problem.
Take a visual journey in the dining room, or the game room. Enliven the entry. Bring personality to any room you choose.
Ancient History of Mural Painting
unearthed from the volcanic ashes
The practice of recording life on walls and ceilings dates back as far as 32,000 years of known history, since the discovery of the Chauvet Cave in Ardeche, France.
We may not know the difference between the three types of frescoe, but we likely know they involve painting on plaster. Short descriptions:
Buon Frescoe (pigment/water involves a mix of water and pigment, painted onto wet fresh lime plaster.
Seco Frescoe means using a mixture of pigment with egg, glue, or oil, painted onto dry plaster.
Mezzzo Frescoe is a result of leaving the plaster to dry to dampness and quickly applying the paint.
The grand eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, in the 1st Century CE, near the ancient metropolis of Pompei, buried and preserved the ancient frescoes. The frescoe of the married couple was found on the wall of a home in Pompei.
image credit: from wikipedia commons, in the public domain
Contemporary Wall Murals
express yourself on your walls
Murals have traditionally been made through the patronage of civic or religious groups, sometimes by order of the church.
Today's wall murals are typically painted by independent artists who paint for a living. The organization, business or homeowner who
seeks to have a mural installed may leave the
design up to the artist, or they may have strict ideas of their own, for the composition.
Occasionally a mural painter may get the dream job, when the owners show them the wall space, and commission an artwork, giving the artist free reign in colors and content.
The mural shown here is a fine example of how murals typically complement and surround the building's architectural elements. The wall is a minimum of twelve feet wide. The expansive space deepens the illusion of entering into the scene.
image credit: Photograph and mural by One Red Shoe- Murals & Artwork.
Rave Reviews on the Vatican Frescoes - seen by millions
This book highlights the beauty of the original and the restored Sistine Chapel frescoes, painted by Michaelangelo.
See the brilliant reds, purples and blues as they were intended to be seen. Get the inside story on the chapel.
New York City Skyline
I like this viewpoint because it gives the impression of being up in a highrise, with the world of commerce and culture at my fingertips.
Brilliant New York City Murals - from the people to the people
Placed next to your reading chair, this book will convince you that murals do have a place in your life.
On the Wall chronicles social history over four decades of vibrant New York City life. Many of the images are unknown to most city residents. Find encouragement, amazement and education in this beautifully illustrated book.
Enticing Tree Lined Avenue
This mural is a great reminder that it's Summer somewhere, and it's as simple as sitting down in an easy chair, to get the serene feeling depicted in the mural of leafy green arching trees.
Translucent Tulips on Tiles Mural
Make a glorious statement with these stunning flowers. You can see right through them, the way an X-ray captures an image.
Your kitchen or dining room will be a real standout your friends haven't seen before.
Luscious Ripe Pears Wall Mural
During the depths of winter, put yourself in the mood of Summer, with this rendering of a lush garden.
Lovely colors and gorgeous flowers and leaves in sun and shadow.
Photographic Ceramic Tiles
Install these ceramic tiles for permanent installation, so whenever you choose you can see a summertime view of a high mountain lake, capped by a brilliant summer blue sky.
Enjoy your summer hikes during the long gloom of winter.
Arched Window Lake Scene
Placed over a console or sideboard, this mural places the warm Summer lake just outside the window. Enjoy the serene feeling that is enhanced by the reflected trees.
Simply to apply. I favor the look of the familiar in this landscape. You will too.
See How Easy Installation is for Your Wall Mural
Super Popular Vista Mural
Feel like you are in the Mediterranean, gazing out through the arches into that beautiful sea. Restful! This mural brightens a dining room, or even a bedroom.
Wall Decorations to Make
Both adults and children enjoy making a decorative wau kite.
This lens presents simple DIY instructions.