Here are some fun creative projects that we have done over the years. From neat pumpkin carving to snow sculptures and of course my favorite is painting my boys faces. Hopeful my kids will take the creativity of their youth with them into adulthood.
Carving the Snoopy Snowman in 2015 was a blast. We kept getting slammed with snowstorms and it just kept building up ultimately leaving us with the perfect snow for packing! You can see our big snow head in the background as well. A friend of ours sent the picture into the local news and it ended up getting a minute on channel 3.
Mini Joker and Mini Two Face
One of my favorite paint session with the boys. I had been begging my youngest to let me paint him up like the Joker, I mean look at him, he has the perfect hair for it. Eventually Connecticon in Hartford, CT came around and they were down with letting me have my way! My other boy ended up being an awesome Two Face and the two had a blast giving their signature pose!
Werewolf Make up and Reaper Make up
Two of my favorite Halloweens were these. The boys rocked there costumes so well. It was crazy to see them. Werewolf and Reaper killed it that year.
Always love to get our hands on pumpkins every Halloween. I definitely started the tradition but the kids have gotten into it just as much as I have and are coming up with their own sick design. Love it.
Finding the lego app on the iphone quickly became a welcomed challenge and also a hair pulling event. After I completed two of these my mother actually turned them into a cross stitch which when completed was quickly framed and hung on our wall.
Team T at Ashley’s Ice Cream
For years we have been going to Ashley’s ice cream in Madison, CT. One of the cool things other than their ice cream is they have a wall of drawings created by the guest who eat their. When my youngest was well uh younger he used to call us “Team T” and we ended up doing our first drawing and signing it this way. This ended up becoming our ongoing signature and as time went on our drawing became more elaborate. From Mike from Monsters inc, Iron Man, How to Train your Dragon, Calvin and Hobbes, Fat Man, The Invincibles, Zombies vs Plants, the Shark from Finding Nemo and more we have had a great time over the years adding to the wall.
Go Pink Project in Middletown, CT
Go Pink Project in Middletown, CT is now in its 5th year, the goPINK Project supports women facing breast cancer in our community. During the month of October, salons, businesses and schools come together to raise funds for Middlesex Hospital’s Cancer Center. Donations cover the costs of integrative medicine therapy for patients, a complement to conventional treatment that focuses on the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Patients choose from yoga, Reiki, massage, reflexology, meditation and more.
Founded in 2010 by the owners of EG Salon in Middletown, CT, the project has grown to over 30 participating salons, businesses and schools. Learn how you can participate by clicking HERE.
Rosie’s Theater Kids
I recently had the honor to paint a live painting at the annual event to raise money for Rosie O’donnell’s charity Rosie’s Theater Kids . The event was held at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway in Manhattan and honored Cyndi Lauper and Jordan Roth so it seemed appropriate to have the paintings theme represent the honorees in some small way. The goal of the evening for me was to create this painting during the cocktail hour from 6:30-7:30 ( I cheated and started at 5:30 but don’t tell anyone). After the cocktail hour everyone headed to the 6th floor for entertainment followed by the auction and then dinner. I was asked to bring my painting backstage and present it to Rosie on stage (which was amazing) and she proceeded to auction it off. As an artist it is always a bit weird to have your piece auctioned off. It is almost like standing in front of a crowd naked. I told myself prior to the evening that I was fine with whatever it went for as it was for a great cause. Well I definitely got more than I bargained for when the painting went for $15,000.00. Rosie, as cool as she is turned to me and asked if I can do another one. And of course like there is any other answer I replied, “yes!” Well she said that she would purchase the other painting bringing the tally to $30k! An incredible end to an amazing evening for sure. We enjoyed seeing so many people come out for a truly great cause, the standup from Rosie was hilarious and watching the Kids who we were there to support was my favorite part. They all were so talented it was like we were at a Broadway show. If you are interested in donating to RTK please click this link HERE.
CT mural artist Patrick Ganino: “Murals have been my passion as an artist my entire life. It has taken a career to hone my skills while painting murals in Connecticut. As an artist it was my goal to create an ideal working scenario where my main focus is painting murals on canvas and then installing them in homes. This is not always to case especially when I was commissioned to paint a mural on 2 twelve story building in new York a few years back. This was and still is the largest mural I have ever painted and to me was that final piece on my muralist bucket list.”
Murals in Connecticut and Personal Milestones
When I first starting painting murals in Connecticut professionally I had just moved back here after a spending a few years in Florida and was 22 years old. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to be and went after it with an unrelenting passion. I also would get excited after every artistic milestone was met. These milestones were self created and started simple and grew as each mural accomplishment was met. Starting with just getting a mural project was good but then it changed into the complexity of the mural. Next was the size of the mural and then of course the detail in the size of the mural. I was super excited when I painted my first mural on a ceiling and then came the dome mural with cherubs and clouds. This moved on all the way to goals of working on TV shows and working for celebrities. It was the ultimate goal for me to paint a mural on the side of a building. Once that was accomplished I felt an incredible sense of accomplishment. My main focus within the world of mural painting is now portraiture and creating scenes depicting people. I am working on learning new techniques that will hopefully bring me to a new level of painting people.
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Chinoiserie murals are slowly becoming my favorite style of painting. Although I tend to be quite hyper and love large scale murals because I can’t work across them with speed I am finding the patience that is needed for hand painted chinoiserie murals is a challenge that is welcomed. Once I calm myself and sit to paint it I find I am able to get into the mural painting zone needed and then it becomes almost therapeutic. This particular chinoiserie mural was painted for interior designer Amy Hirsch and as an added bonus is it was featured in Athome magazine. When Amy approached me to paint this mural I was super excited. This was the second chinoiserie mural I would be painting for her and I always love her sense of style. For this project she wanted to be bold and use these dark charcoal tones which I thought was fabulous. The darker the batter as far as I am concerned but I have a heavy hand to begin with. When designing this mural we wanted to stay pretty monochromatic with the colors but still have the design stand out and be the wow factor of the room. It was not hard to do that with the charcoal background as you can see with the pop of the trees in the pictures below. In the second picture you can see all the details that go into this style of painting ultimately explaining why it takes so long to paint. I hope you enjoyed this project, if you would like to see more of our works visit our gallery section and please feel free to follow us on facebook for up to date photos from projects as they are finished.
Efforts to create something for patients at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown is a unified process for a similar goal. This latest mural that I painted for the hospital included landscapes, faux wood, Trompe l’Oeil, and more. It is a great combination, ultimately transforming this space into something warm and inviting.
Painting a mural for Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT is always a pleasure.
Painting this mural for Middlesex Hospital posed some problems from a technical sense. Starting off, there is a HUGE magnet (the MRI machine) in the room, so no metals could be brought in. Because of this, I decided to paint the mural on canvas in my studio and install it after it was complete. Also, there is such a high demand for this machine that I had to wait to get into the MRI room to install it (not too long though, thankfully). Finally, while installing the mural I had to do all my work on it outside of the room. Cutting the canvas, measuring it, and rolling it with wallpaper paste. Looking at the installed piece you will see a switch plate on the bottom left of the mural and a box on the top right side of the mural. These areas had to be thought of while cutting the canvas and had to be accurate as well. Once the mural was installed it was a definite improvement over the cold room that we originally entered.
The Chinoiserie mural style is one I have favored for a long time.
In my career as a decorative painter, I have had the opportunity to paint elements that represent this European style that imitates a fantasy driven, Chinese-like decoration, but never an entire room or with this level of detail. Going into this project there were certain things that I knew, certain things I assumed, and a couple surprises from the technical end of painting Chinoiserie for a room this grand. Fortunately, I had the confidence and guidance of designer Amy Hirsch of Greenwich, CT. Together we communicated with the client, creating a truly custom Chinoiserie mural for her master bedroom. Boasting almost 400 square feet of Chinese-esque pattern, the master bedroom was transformed into a personal paradise consisting of over 20 birds, 25 butterflies, and hundreds of flowers and buds on an aged green background, all hand painted on canvas that was later installed by master wallpaper installer Joe Shea. Additional canvas was painted and aged with a tea stain for the vaulted ceiling. The subtle layers of color, technique, and style used to create this Chinoiserie decoration is why it is such a costly process. This was the first Chinoiserie mural that I had painted for Amy and it wasn’t until a year later that I had another opportunity to paint in this style for her. This next project had a dark charcoal back ground which made the floral design pop even more. The final effect of this next project was breathtaking and I am slowly becoming addicted to painting in this style. I am looking forward to the next project for Amy that includes a hand painted Chinoiserie mural.
There are some projects that are just fun and this is one of them. I got involved with the Russian Karaoke Bar Jelsomino nyc through a company called iCrave located in New York.
I went to high school with one of the guys who worked for them and touched base with him through Facebook. He in turn got me involved with the Ginza project that was producing this incredible Russian nightclub Jelsomino nyc located on 204 W. 55th street in NY.
I’ve loved working for restaurants and nightclubs ever since I started my business working for clubs in south Florida over a decade ago. The great thing about these commercial products is you can work a bit out of the box, creating a mural design or style that is a bit more whimsical. This New York mural project did not disappoint. I was given renderings of the mural wall and a basic idea of adding an aged graffiti-like element to the wall and making the three doors on the wall disappear. A couple of trips into the city and a few sketches later I had a design that was approved. This New York nightclub mural design depicted images of three icons in the music industry, connecting them with decorative scrolls.
When I arrived to paint this mural I was excited to see such progress since my last visit. Jelsomino Karaoke Bar was starting to look like a wonderful project to be involved in. Everything was looking top notch which added a bit of excitement that it was my turn to add my bit to the Ginza project. The entire mural took me three days to complete with an assistant and I left feeling completely gratified. It was a simple mural that made a big impact for the space. I got a big thrill in signing my name to this one. Since the opening they have been in many newspapers including the New York Post and boast to be a once in a lifetime experience.
40 feet of fun is the best way to describe my experience in painting this mural for Hot Tomatoes in Hartford, CT. Located at 1 union Place in Hartford, CT and attached to the train station, what could be a better location to have a restaurant! I fortunately got the call to create a unique mural to hang over the bar on a long 40 foot wall. The owner Chris Calvenese and his wife trusted me to come of with something really unique and fun. As an artist I end up going above and beyond when a client gives me the freedom to paint my vision with out micro-management. This was the grand daddy of and awesome project and I planned to live it up. First off I called in my friends and my buddy’s friends to pose for the mural. We ordered food and provided beverages as we lit and photographed our models for this mural. Over 18 people in unique positions were added into the painting all interacting with each other creating a fun atmosphere. With over 200 pictures taken I knew I had plenty of shots to use. The canvas used covered all of the walls in my Durham, CT studio. It is always fun to see my studio before I start a mural. All that white square footage of canvas just waiting to become something. It is kinda neat to see it transform over the next 3 weeks into something that many would see after it is hung in the Hot Tomatoes restaurant. This was one of the greatest experiences I have had working at a restaurant. The owner, his wife and his son were great to work for and this would be one of the projects that I would miss after it was done. Once open we had all of the models in for a meal to show our appreciation and to give them a chance to see the mural in its final location.
Hot Tomatoes in Hartford, CT
Portrait painting in CT. Here is a quick visual of my painting process. This is one of my favorite painting and I was very happy that I took progress pictures of it. It depicts a friend of mine in a New York apartment. We stayed there in the summer of 2009 while we painted 2 twelve story buildings in Brooklyn. While staying in this apartment we played a lot of poker against each other. When I say a lot I mean a lot! Hence the name of the painting “Poker Face”. If you look on the floor of the painting you can see a little mouse. We have a few of these little furry friends during our stay so it only seemed fair to add one into the painting. You can see a daily video blog of our New York adventures at: http://www.patrickganino.blogspot.com/