Drywall is apparently an underused medium, but it is a glorious one. Just look at what drywall contractor Bernie Mitchell does with only joint compound. The Canadian designs, constructs, sculpts, and finishes specialty drywall features in shoreline homes and cottages, having long ago mastered his trade and transformed it into a craft.
The story goes back to the early 1990s when, as Mitchell describes it, he was “experimenting with raised panels on wall surfaces where natural light had a positive effect as a relief form.” He was fascinated and intrigued and ultimately moved on to trying natural tricks, like using wheat and barley stalks to leave impressions in the wet compound.
Over the years, he got better, eventually moving onto animals as his main subjects. While he sculpts dogs, wolves, and horses to marvelous effect, his favorite go-to is birds, such as blue herons, ospreys and loons.
Mitchell’s gotten so good at drywall art that the next frontier for him is the tutorial game. He’s already working on video and instructional tutorials that cover techniques, such as mixing products, proper lighting, optimal locations for sculptures, texturing techniques, the importance of scale in art, depth-of-field for 3D images. I mean, why hang art on the wall like everyone else when you can turn the wall into art?
Watch the master work his magic in the video below.
Here’s a few finished projects for good measure.
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