What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Trump* l’Oeil


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©Patrick Commecy

*Misspelling intentional

A decade ago, we spent  four years sharing a beautiful house in Kensington, Brooklyn. It was a wonderful 100-year-old attached house, originally built by Donald Trump’s grandfather. The old girl had fallen victim to some of the less attractive trends of the sixties and seventies – dropped ceilings, paneling, etc. – but with the help of our friend’s father, we restored it to its former glory almost entirely by ourselves. It was a true labor of love, and one of the most rewarding project I’ve ever worked on. (I wish I could show you pictures, but I can’t seem to find any.)

We did a lot of cooking in that house, and the new kitchen, designed by our very talented friend, was absolutely spectacular. However, it looked out on the brick wall of the next house about 10 feet away, a view unworthy of such a beautiful room. I decided to remedy that by painting a trompe l’oeil mural on the neighbor’s wall. It wasn’t perfect, but for my first attempt at painting, I think it was a pretty respectable effort.

Muralist Patrick Commecy and his minions excel at the effect I was going for on a grand scale. They give new life to unsightly blank walls, and turns them into exciting, whimsical works of art. I’m especially in love with the sense of humor his works exhibit. Although we may not get the jokes, his work tends to include caricatures of local personalities. Check him out!

Here’s fellow blogger e-MORFES’ piece about Mr. Commecy’s work:

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©Patrick Commecy

©Patrick Commecy

©Patrick Commecy

©Patrick Commecy

©Patrick Commecy

©Patrick Commecy



Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

5 thoughts on “Trump* l’Oeil

  1. I adore trompe l’oeil and this post.


  2. Great post. It reminds me of a mural I passed on my way to work everyday when I was a teen. I became even more fascinated when I realized that one of the subjects in the picture lived in the neighbourhood. I surmised that if I searched hard enough, I might find them all–alas, I ran out of time.


  3. It made for a more authentic contribution to the neighbourhood…. plus, it put smiles on some people’s faces as they walked by.


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