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Artful View

If you have a home with a view, this will be one of the first things people remark on when they enter your home as a breathtaking view really can be the centrepiece of your home and decorating style. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have secured themselves a home on high, with perfectly positioned windows, overlooking a stunning view.

But this doesn’t mean that you can’t still create a view which will take your visitors’ breath away, and turn a blank wall into something more stunning than even the most expensive landscape painting you could hang. Since everyone is captured by views, landscapes and seascapes, you now have the opportunity to create a view you have always dreamed of. Do you love the look of the city skyline but you live in the suburbs? Or do you yearn to be beside the seaside but instead are stuck in a city apartment?

Well bring the view to you. You may have a large open wall space, or just a small narrow space above your kitchen bench but beneath your kitchen cupboards. Well whatever the space, you can turn it into wall art in an instant. Once you have decided on your dream view, have a photo of this view blown up and printed to the size of your ‘window’ space, then laminated.

Then all you have to do is stick up your new view with sticky dots to your wall, or onto an existing window and you have the view you’ve always dreamed of. Plus, it is much easier to get a new print made up than to move house when you’re sick of the view!

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Costa Rica Artwork Stretched and Hung on the Walls

Hi Paul and Susie,

After several false starts we finally have your wonderful artwork stretched and hung on the walls! (but, obviously, photos can never give the full impact.) First thing that everyone comments on is how cool are the shadows in the Manuel Antonio beach painting. It seems that, in each group that stays with us, everyone picks a different painting as their “favorite.”

Tropical Wall MuralLooking back at our notes, it took just overthree years … but was *SO* worth the wait! 😉 If you have any comments or wording you would like added to the above web page, let me know. There is
a lot of empty space on the page, and it occurred to me that it would be fun to add anything that you guys might want to say about the project.

I hope that all is well with both of you!! Cindy and I were thinking of coming back to the US, but it looks like the main road down from will actually get paved starting this month. Yay!

Also, it looks like a very high-end project will soon start construction just up the hill from us. From what we hear, it will be “more than five stars” and possibly the most exclusive destination in all
of Costa Rica, once it’s done.

Wouldn’t you know it: Just after the warranty expired, our crystal ball broke, so now it’s hard to decide what to do next. 😉 Let us know how things are going with the two of you.


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Mural Wall Art of Paul Leasure

wall art murals of fine artMany of our visitors have asked to see the wall art murals of Paul Leasure (one of the artists represented by I’m sorry it took me a while to get around to it but here is a PDF file of his work.
We have also put together a list of Leasure’s mural installations.
Please checkout the PDF and let us know what you think. We have been considering producing giclee print appliqués of his work and the art of Susanne Renee Leasure.

Paul and Susanne are having a new web built that represents their work exclusively. In the mean time, LoveFine Art has been asked to show what we can of their mural work.

Would you like to see the works of an up and coming contemporary artists on

Leave us comment and let us know!

Here is a list of wall art murals including ceiling murals by Paul Leasure.

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Off the Wall Art Stuck to the Ceiling

I was asked if the Mural Canvas Print titled: “Dragonfly in the Pergola” Could be pasted to a ceiling. The answer is yes! The next question of course wasInstalling a Large Canvas to a Ceiling how. So I decided to make this post for anyone who would like to paste a canvas mural print to a ceiling.

How to Paste a Canvas Mural to a Ceiling

Although it is possible to paste the art directly to the ceiling ( I have done this and it is not fun), you should have the mural mounted on gator board prior to installation (unless the mural art is too big). I will be happy to answer any questions for you or whoever is installing the art. Just post a comment here when you’re ready.

If you are ordering a print of a mural from us, I may be able to make an adjustment for you in the reproduction size. This will help you to fit the mural to a unique area.

How to Mount the Mural Canvas

I use vinyl-to-vinyl acrylic wallpaper paste to apply canvas to ceilings and it works great. It is always best to test whatever product you use to be sure it is OK. I recommend applying the canvas to Gator board and then installing it for easier mobility. Should you have any problems with it damaging the print I will be happy to replace it for you. Keep in mind though, that your print is a numbered artist proof. All I ask is that I have the opportunity to properly explain over the phone how to perform the application to whomever you have doing it first.

Basics of Gluing the Wall Art Canvas to the Wall:

The following assumes that you will be, of course, aligning the image as you go.

  • Spray the back of the canvas with a clear sealer to prevent the adhesive from seeping through the canvas and affecting the image. Not too heavy. Allow drying thoroughly. NOTE: Test a small section to make sure it does not damage the canvas by seeping through and lifting the image.
  • Roll vinyl-to-vinyl acrylic wallpaper paste onto the board. The board may need seizing applied to it depending on the surface. Seizing is a primmer for wallpaper paste. Apply enough paste for an even coat. Avoid applying too much as this will cause lumps.
  • Lay the canvas on the board and then immediately peel it back up. This helps to evenly distribute paste over the entire surface of the canvas and the board.
  • Allow the paste to become slightly tacky.
  • Use a plastic squeegee to press the canvas in place. Work out the air bubbles as you go. Be sure to check for proper alignment at the corners and edges from the start.

NOTE: Be sure to protect the image from the squeegee with some velum or something.

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How art aids recovery

Giving wings to your fantasies and blurring the gap between the virtual and the real, beautiful works of art provide the perfect nuance for relaxation, joy and thus lead to a quicker healing. Whether a sick person is at home or a hospital, it is obvious that he would be in suffering some amount of discomfort, pain or Paintings for Relaxationdepression. Surely, a near and dear one would love to make him a bit more comfortable and perk up his low spirits by putting up a bright and colorful atmosphere around. Positive art displayed in the form if multiple canvas paintings, ceiling tiles and

Art in a hospital

wall murals or simply wall paintings can bring in cheer, color, freshness and relaxation, besides banishing the starkness and formality of bare, intimidating walls.

As stated by Dr. Edward Bayne (University Hospital- Florida), “I believe that art can definitely be part of the healing process. The hospital atmosphere is often not conducive to healing. We know more and more now that healing is a mental process as well as a physical process. Works of art are opening up the hospital atmosphere and providing an environment where not only the body can get well, but the mind canLily also get well.”

HarmonyScientific studies like psychology have also proved that colors play a profound effect on the body and mind. Like shades of green and blue are cool and calming while warm reds can stimulate appetite and increase heartbeat. Likewise, yellow and orange can really create a friendly and warm attraction. Natural scenery like

A Colorful Pelican

landscapes, seascapes, animals, birds, flowers, fishes and lush green foliage that implicate growth and energy of life, can have a remarkable positive effect on sick patients and people with depressions, stress and anxiety. Art specially helps children connect to inspiration and joy, makes them forget their fears of a strange place, illness, pain, nervousness and boredom.

A landmark study also found that post-surgical patients who had a view of trees in full foliage had shorter

post-operative hospital stays, required less medication, and experienced few post-surgical complications compared to those who had a brick wall in front of them.

Two TulipsDragonfly in the PergolaIt brings to mind a classic story by O Henri, named “The last leaf” where a person suffering from serious pneumonia starts believing that her life would depart with the last leaf of a shedding tree in autumn. A realistic painted leaf outside her window manages to pull her back to good health as well as her senses. This story wonderfully portrays the effect of art as a curative effect as well as the immense dependence of a patient on a natural scene to get inspired and divert her focus from the pain.

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Montecito’s Self-Taught “Renaissance Realism” Muralist

by Jim Buckley, The Montecito Journal
Paul Leasure has been in the Santa Barbara area since June, 2001, already his giant landscapes have been seen by thousands of its citizens. They may have caught a glimpse of a 6-foot by 8-foot garden mural (the central figure was a young woman pouring water from an urn into rippling water) he had on display during the Coast Village ArtWalk inMural painter painting art on a dome ceiling. early September 2002, at Saffron Gallery. Owner Lisa Loch sponsored him. Many more have been pacified by the peaceful scenes of mountains, clouds, pastures, foliage, and animals that grace the waiting room at Pueblo Radiology Center on De La Vina. If you have been a patient and have gone through an MRI, those images of vines weaving through a pergola as the sun filters through translucent leaves and the birds, dragonflies, insects, and other animals painted there to take your mind off the present were painted by Mr. Leasure. “Joyce Cooper, a local designer, saw my work and hired me to paint those murals,” Paul says, leaning on a ladder in his Coast Village Circle studio, as we discuss his talent and his vocation. “When they remodeled they wanted to make the patients feel warm, invited, comfortable,” he explains. “The mural in the lobby is of Ortega Ridge at sunset, and the two in the MRI room (one on the ceiling, one on the wall) are pretty much local area scenes,” he says. The one on the wall, for example, is looking out from the hills over Montecito towards the water. “I like the ceiling mural,” Paul says, “because as a patient lies there he is examining my painting, looking for the hidden creatures; I hope it takes his or her mind off what they’re going through at the moment.” Dome ceiling mural artPaul’s first Santa Barbara commission came in 1999, when the full-page ad he ran in Art & Antique magazine was spotted by a relative of Janet and husband, Jack Darian, of Hope Ranch, who showed it to the couple. The Darians concurred that it was the “kind of thing they liked,” and after some telephone conversations, flew Paul to Santa Barbara (he was living near Cleveland, Ohio at the time). “I’d never been here,” Paul laughs, “but Janet warned me that I would love it, and would probably end up living here.” She, of course, turned out to be absolutely correct. His project was to paint a mural on all four walls of the Darians’ powder room in the Old World style he seems to prefer. “It was a small space, but the painting included the ceiling and they liked it,” Leasure says. The Darians’ friends liked it too, and Paul’s next job brought him to the Montecito home of Alan and Sandy Kirkby, who asked Paul to paint the ceiling in the dining room of the home they had spent three years building together. As he sat down to draw a sketch for the ceiling, Paul noticed the chandelier was ten inches off center, because of some earlier additions that had moved the footprint of the room. While laying on his back in the dining room trying to decide what to do to make the off-center chandelier inconspicuous, he came up with the idea of statues of human figures with chains in each corner of the ceiling. “All the figures are pulling the chains as if they are struggling to support the chandelier,” he explains. “The positions of the bodies and the stress they are undergoing to hold the chains in place distract the eye and… it works.” He marries and moves to Santa Barbara Although a healthy portion of Paul’s work was now in Montecito and Santa Barbara, he was still living in Ohio. When the Kirkbys commissioned a 9-foot by 16-foot mural for the same dining room where he had painted the ceiling mural, for example, the scene was painted on one giant canvas in Ohio, and then transported to Montecito before being fixed to the wall of the home. When that was finished, Paul continued on to the couple’s kitchen, where he ad-libbed trumpet vines with hummingbirds, snails, caterpillars, butterflies, and a leaf bug (all painted delicately and accurately from his mind’s eye – there was no template or sketch!) around the outside arch of the nearby sunroom. After the Darian and Kirkby projects, the Kirkbys had a cocktail party and Paul was commissioned to do a large piece for a different Hope Ranch couple – another complete powder room! The travel began to take its toll. “It was so beautiful out here, and my clients were so supportive,” Leasure says, “that I made the decision to move.” Before that, however, he had some personal business to attend to. “I asked Susanne to marry me,” he says sheepishly. Ever the romantic, Paul This is Paul Leasure’s first Santa Barbara job: sylvan scenes in a powder room of Jack and Janet Darian’s Hope Ranch home The ceiling and wall murals are in the dining room of Alan and Sandy Kirkby of Montecito Artist Paul Leasure in the waiting room of Pueblo Radiology Center; behind him is the mural he painted No, the pillars aren’t real either – it all comes from the fertile imagination of artist Paul Leasure recounts that, “Of all the artists I’ve ever hired, and there have been about forty, she was the most capable of handling the rigors of Renaissance Realism that I specialize in.” She was also apparently most capable of handling him, “not to mention that I fell in love with her,” he adds. They were married a month later, and moved out a week after the wedding. Paul says he loves to paint – he’s had no formal training, but has been an artist all his life – and especially loves to “render realism.” His earliest memory is creating a portrait of his grandmother when he was in the fourth grade. He sold his first painting while still in high school: to a local real estate developer. Paul had planned on becoming an electronics engineer. Instead, he ended up as a single parent and confesses that the artwork was a way of being able to work at home, support the household, and to be with his son, Michael. “It was a good decision,” he says. “Michael and I have a very close relationship now.” Leasure admits it took several years of poverty to reach his goal of making a living through his art, “but once I got through that,” he says with some modesty, “I pretty much cornered the Cleveland market in fine art murals.” His ad in Art & Antiques came about through a desire “to branch out a bit.” Dave and Maureen (Mo) Chambers of Santa Barbara have recently commissioned three works by Leasure: a 12-foot x 17-foot vineyard scene, a mural Paul is calling “Dawn in Carpinteria,” and an as yet untitled sunset scene set “somewhere near Goleta” (both are 4’ x 6’).

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