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I would like to commission Mona to create a mural in a particular location. What's the first step?

Thank you for your interest!

In order for Mona to evaluate her availability, and the necessary timing, pricing, etc for a potential project, here is the basic information she will need from you, in Email form:

 About the wall:

  • Photos of the wall, taken from its most typical viewing points. 
  • The full street address of the location, so it can be found on Google Street View.
  • If the wall is under construction, or is not visible from the street, please send architect's drawings in .pdf form. 
  • Also helpful: photos of the wall's visual context, to give a sense of what's around it and in front of it.
  • the measurements the wall also help greatly.

About you:

  • your contact info, organization or company name
  • A few words on what the mural would be for, who its intended viewers will be.

Email the above to Mona. Thank you!


Mural Painting in general ---> How to paint a mural: materials & techniques

I recommend using only single-pigment paints, and only pigments that are both lightfast and resistant to acidity. Beware of colors listed as lightfast, but which don't withstand other outdoor conditions. Avoid Cadmiums for this reason.

For excellent information on recommended materials, see Novacolor's mural painting tips.

Mural painting in general ----> how to make a mural last?

Joel Pomerantz, the coordinator of the Duboce Bikeway Mural, has compiled his research on this topic in his article: Making Your Mural Last: Graffiti, Varnish & Wall Chemistry. The article is old, but techniques and materials have not changed significantly since he wrote this.

What does it cost to commission Mona to do a mural?

Unfortunately there isn't a pre-set price per square foot. The main parameters that influence pricing are:

  • The size of the surface area to be designed

  • The final design’s detail density relative to the area. “Detail density” means the level of intricacy, the scale of details.

This means that a larger wall isn't necessarily more expensive, and vice versa: a small but very detailed mural may be more expensive. An example of an extremely high detail density mural might be The Market Street Railway Mural, and an example of a low detail density would be the large element in the mural called Taking Root.

Please contact Mona to discuss the viewing distance, the specific narrative or purpose that your mural project may have. Mona can then provide a range estimate for different detail densities for you to consider.

I would like to work as Mona's assistant

I am very touched and honored by the number of people contacting me with such a request.

The reality is that these requests outnumber the actual commissions I get, so please forgive my not being able to accommodate them.  It is also impossible for me to predict what kind of help I might need in future commissions. In truth, it's about catching me at the right time.

If I need help for an upcoming project, I post it on my Facebook page. So serendipity is key.