Close-Up Shots of my Grapefruit Mural Progress

Here are two close-up shots of my progress. It was 84 degrees at my back today; the sun heats up the walls like a hotplate, and the paint dries almost on contact. Despite all, I love what I do! 😀

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Artist in action: panel #2 of the Grapefruit Mural

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Panel #1 of the Grapefruit Mural. Progress is slow but sure!

I’ll post more pictures tomorrow!

~Ana

Day Two: The Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: Adding Layers of Paint

Second day at the two-panel Grapefruit Mural. No refinement as yet; just applied some bright colors. At least they’re pretty blobs now. 😀 I’ll be back at it tomorrow!

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Close-up of applying a second layer. I am primarily left-handed, but when it comes to painting I am ambidextrous

day-two-grapefruit-mural-ana-livingston-fine-artist-muralist-clearwater-floridaOver the next couple of days I will be refining the shapes while adding more layers. Thanks for your interest!

~Ana

Artists: Living the Present, Creating the Future

I have been an artist since I was old enough to pick up a stick and carve in the dirt.  From there I took an even more active interest in art, and with my family’s support (and access to a small studio where I was allowed to paint a few times a week,) I finished my first framed oil on canvas at the age of 6.

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Artist tools at an early age: any stick and a patch of dirt will do.

Now, I would never say I was a prodigy. I simply had an unquenchable desire to create beauty wherever and whenever, and it was sometimes nothing more than taking a crude watercolor brush to butcher paper or weaving a daisy chain while sitting in a field. The fact remained that there was a creative flow within me that never ebbed.

To state that I was most happy when I was creating art is a fact and probably true with most artists. But within that fickle activity called life, circumstances, sometimes out of need or ignorance, can take one down a path into the mundane and complacent. And if anybody ever wanted to know how to extinguish artistic urge, it’s to submerge it in the day-to-day humdrum routine of the ordinary. Surefire killer.

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The best thing you can do for artists is simply let them do art.

That being said, it is of the utmost importance that an artist keep his head above watervital, actually. The reality is that artists have a gigantic hand in injecting the beauty and vitality we all enjoy in present day life. I wrote an article about this very subject: the role of the artist in society and how their creative impact is broad and deep.

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Ana Livingston, Fine Artist & Muralist. My Clearwater Mural project which is chronicled at http://www.ClearwaterMural.com and http://www.TheMakingOfAMural.com.

Without the beauty continually brought into being by the many players in the various genres of art, this world would be a dull, soulless place. My personal role and responsibility as an artist is to not only create beautiful work that uplifts others, but to actively support my fellow artists. Art is my job, my life and my love, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty Three: Painting the Perimeter

Though not obvious from a distance, the entire length of the mural perimeter edge needed touch-up.  The two shots below give you an idea of what I’m talking about.  Here I had to touch up the top edge using the gradient sunset colors, in addition to painting over any of the colors that made their way onto the white eaves.

Painting the perimeter edge at the Clearwater Mural, Honka Automotive

Second example of the perimeter painting taking place at the Clearwater Mural on Court Street. Artist: Ana Livingston

I’ll leave you with a shot of the wall as it is now. Until tomorrow!

~Ana

More touch-up today at Artist, Ana Livingston’s Clearwater Mural