Works of art for Glastonbury Mural trail
New Mural Welcomes All To Glastonbury!
A new mural on the gable end of a building opposite the Chalice Well, is a beautiful new addition to the unique murals that adorn the walls of Glastonbury.
Designed and painted by artist Frank Harwood the Waving Woman welcomes people travelling to and from Glastonbury with a cheerful face. She embodies the rural and bountiful nature of Glastonbury and the surrounding countryside, and the warm welcoming people found in the community of Glastonbury.
Frank used Thorndown Wood Paints in a range of colours from the colour chart and selected RAL colours to complete his palette. He painted straight on to the cement render and loved the finish and how easy the paints were to work with.
You can read more about Frank’s mural here and see more pictures of his beautiful work of art.
The Glastonbury Mural Trail opened for Somerset Art Weeks from 21st September to 6th October 2019. This ongoing community project will be added to as the years go by as a continuous celebration of some of the things that make Glastonbury such a special town to live in or visit. The free Glastonbury Mural Trail map shows the locations of all 26 murals taking place in the trail.
The Glastonbury Mural Trail (downloadable leaflet with trail map) was put together by artist Kim von Coels of The Krumble Empire, Glastonbury Town Council and the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. It leads visitors through the colourful town, taking in the works of art that help make Glastonbury so unique.
Known for its individuality, Glastonbury is often a beacon for creatives and we are delighted that the town has got behind this mural trail. A mural was commissioned to mark the start of the trail in the main car park outside the information centre. The Avalon Marshes Mural was unveiled on Tuesday 6th August 2019 at St Dunstan’s House, 1 Magdalene Street where the Glastonbury Tourist Information Centre is housed.
Kim enlisted renowned artist, Jonathan Minshull, who has produced many stunning pieces during his career including numerous murals in the UK and California.
Jonathan has worked in various mediums including oils and acrylics but this was his first time working with a wood paint. Using marine ply wood as a canvas, and a local artist studio as a base, Jonathan created his mural of the Avalon marshes.
After a little experimenting and familiarising with the nature of the wood paint, he found “the paints really good to use and have a real vibrancy in the flesh”. The way that he worked with the paint was very reminiscent of an oil painting. Jonathan used a selection of 11 colours from the core colour chart and a bright grass green selected from the RAL Design colours to build his main palette, mixing together colours to create every shade.
He found the strength of the colour pigments really high and the quality of the finish to surpass that of traditional oil paints, so his future external murals may well be created with Thorndown Wood Paints!
The final piece is a stunning representation of the marshes so akin with Somerset, with the iconic Glastonbury Tor in the background and local wildlife celebrating the vibrant nature in these parts.
It was an honour to be a sponsor for the Glastonbury Mural Trail with Thorndown Paints, supporting a fantastic event for the town and working with such a wonderful and talented artist, so much so that we ended up sponsoring another mural to be painted on a wall by the fabulous artist Faye Suzannah!!
Kim painted a base coat of Adonis Blue Wood Paint on the wall first, covering over the old purple and providing a fresh and pretty sky blue as a backdrop to the sunflowers. Although not specifically designed for masonry, our Wood Paint adheres well to masonry, terracotta pots, metal, uPVC and plastic. Normally we would advise using a multi-purpose primer if painting on these substrates to help the paint adhere but on this occasion our wood paint was painted directly onto the previous paint coating which will have acted like a primer.
Faye then used a selection of Wood Paint colours (Golden Somer, Limestone, Moorland Green, Sedge Green, Sundowner Orange and Swan White) to create her stunning sunflowers, mixing colours together to create her full palette.
The transformation is stunning and her design cannot fail to bring a warm smile to anyone that looks on this beautiful piece of art. A sunflower even came out in appreciation of her design!