Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Step-by-Step Guides to Trompe L'Oeil Painting

I am very please to announce the publication of three new trompe l'oeil books.

I started work on them back in the spring of last year and it has been quite a learning curve putting them all together.

Each of the books take you on a step-by-step journey throughout the planning and painting process complete with photographs and diagrams throughout.

It has been my wish, when putting these books together, to equip you with an understanding of the techniques and materials necessary to create your very own trompe l'oeil masterpieces.

The books are 40-44 pages, full colour throughout 
and are priced at $9.95 / £6.95


To purchase these books from Amazon please follow the links below

   Venetian Window    

   Orange Tree            

   Sun & Moon             

The books are also available on Amazon throughout Europe

Friday, March 28, 2014

Murals & Trompe L'oeil - Orange Tree Class

This is a short video of one of my recent mural & trompe l'oeil classes.

See my new website for more details

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Just testing out (if this then that) - if I type something on my Facebook page it should pop up in my Twitter feed and my Blog. Here's hoping from Murals & Trompe L'Oeil by Chris Westall

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Black Biro Mural

The mural pictured here has actually been painstakingly drawn using black ballpoint pens by Ryan-David Foster. Ryan worked on the mural with his girlfriend, Leigh-Anne who drew the animals. The plan was that the mural could then evolve by adding more animals over time.

Tragically, hours after finishing the final touches to the tree , Ryan had an accident from which he never regained consciousness and he sadly passed away earlier this year.

Ryan grew up in Grahamstown, a beautiful English Settler City in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. He loved the outdoors and excelled at water sports - particularly in water polo. He loved his friends - they were an important part of his life as was his family.

He never had an art lesson in his life but studied at the Boston School of Design College in Cape Town after school. The mural was done at his uncle's house on Dainfern Estate - Fourways, Johannesburg and was started due to his enthusiasm and adventurous spirit. It has left a mark on all who have seen it - a beautiful reminder of a talented, genuine soul.

Unfortunately I never got to meet Ryan, my wife learned about him from his mother who is a colleague of my wife's. She sadly had to make the journey from the UK to South Africa earlier this year when she received the tragic news regarding her son.

As a small gesture on my part I decided to share Ryan's work with you. Using a ballpoint pen to produce a mural is something I have yet to try out but after seeing what Ryan has achieved I will certainly look to giving it a shot.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Fontana dell'Ovato

Finished the mural yesterday - client is very happy and now I have to get back to some mundane decorating back at home where I have a hallway to re-decorate before Christmas.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Fontana dell'Ovato

Day five finished on the mural - a couple of days left to go for completion (I hope).
Lots more colour added now - still lots of work to do on the oval fountain - avoiding the temptation to go into too much detail.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Fontana dell'Ovato

Here are some photographs of the halfway stage of a mural I am currently working on.
It is an interpretation of the The Fontana dell'Ovato ("Oval Fountain") which can be seen at Villa d'Este, Tivoli near Rome in Italy.

At this stage I have very loosely painted in the design in raw umber and then I am gradually building up the washes of colour. I intend for the finished piece to be more suggested rather than get bogged down in too much detail.