The Italian House
The mural returns
Back in 2011 we embarked on a major project to repaint a mural in our Italian House. Johnston painted a landscape on the wall, but over the years it had worn away so only traces of colour were left.
We commissioned renowned artist Michael Dillon to create a new masterpiece. The mural aims to capture the spirit of Johnston's garden.
Before the project
The thatched Italian House is one of the smallest garden 'rooms' created by Johnston.
It took us three days to erect the wooden hoarding. We had to position it very carefully.
A few days later the weatherproof canvas was stretched over the hoarding. Sketching would soon follow...
The canvas was cut so that the series of windows was revealed.
Michael set to work and soon had the main outline in place.
Most of Michael's time on day 11 was spent concentrating on the detail around the ceramic tile windows.
A lot of time was spent on the main image on this day. The hedges doubled in size and there was a hint of topiary.
Michael added even more green to the hedges. Most of his time though was spent on the side walls.
The main picture was almost complete but Michael had a surprise for us...
The surprise was revealed. People started to appear in the picture, all dressed in 1930s clothes.
The mural was almost complete. Michael even painted a gardener into the picture.
The Italian House is now open and the mural looks magnificent.