Day Seven, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: My Place in the Sun

I’m back! Here are two shots from today’s progress. The first is my scene every morning. I love it. 😀

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~Ana

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 Five, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: Things Are Heating Up!

Today marks day 5 of my ongoing 2-panel mural here in Clearwater. With the hot spring weather firmly in place, it’s becoming a little more challenging. I am satisfied thus far on my progress and will be back at the walls around 6:30am tomorrow (gotta stay ahead of the sun!).

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Panel #1 of the Grapefruit Mural. Making progress!

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Second panel of the Grapefruit Mural

I appreciate your interest! 😀

~Ana

Day Four, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: Refinement

Today I feel like things are finally coming together. I still have much more refinement to do on both panels, but that might have to wait a bit. It looks like the bad weather that has been sweeping through the midlands (my sympathies) is now due here. Consequently I might not be back to the walls until next week. We’ll see…

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I hope you all are well and happy. When you have a moment, do check in and let me know how you’re treating life. 😀

Love,

~Ana
www.analivingstonfineartist.com

 

Day Three, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: Coming to Life

Day 3 in the lovely Florida sun. It’s quite beautiful out as long as you can withstand the high temperature…in the direct sun..for hours. I happen to like it (as long as there’s a breeze,) so no complaints here.

I worked on the two whole grapefruit today; one each on the two panels.

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I’ll probably be working on the grapefruit halves tomorrow. Lots of reshaping and defining to do with these. All in all, I’m just happy the blobs are starting to come to life!

More tomorrow…

~Ana

My Little Slice of Heaven

I wanted to share my special placejust a couple blocks from my home. It’s where I feel like I can connect with the rest of the world.

Wishing all my friends a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter. Be well!

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~Ana

Coming Soon: Clearwater, Florida’s Exterior “Grapefruit Mural” by Ana Livingston, Fine Artist

COMING SOON: The “Grapefruit Mural” is a privately-commissioned exterior mural by Ana Livingston, Fine Artist in the city of Clearwater, Florida. It will be comprised of painted grapefruit on two entryway walls.

What can I say—my client LOVES grapefruit!

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~Ana

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My Heart and the Last Light of Day

There’s something magical about watching the sun calmly drift across a room.

After arriving home, I’d placed my earrings on a nearby table and burrowed under a soft blanket on the couch. While the sun continued its gentle march and evening slowly consumed the last light of day, it was by chance I looked down at this moment: when my heart danced to life.

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Life truly is beautiful, isn’t it?

~Ana

Mariah June and a Sherbert Sunset – Clearwater, Florida

It’s another calm and colorful late evening. Seated is my daughter, Mariah June, enjoying the few last moments of a setting sun here in Old Clearwater Bay. In the distance is one of the beautiful barriers islands to the mainland: Clearwater Beach.

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A nature woman just like her mother; my youngest, Mariah June

This sunset is a wonderful gradient of sherbert hues: yellow through to orange, pink, purple, and finally blending to blue. The tide is out, offering many treats for the seabirds and a warm breeze glides silently over the water with nary a care. It’s almost magical.

Wishing my friends an equally serene and carefree weekend.

~Ana

Poolside on the 4th of July Weekend

What a glorious weekend it is; low 90’s with a nice breeze, constant boat traffic to and fro in the Intracoastal Waterway, and I am enjoying every moment, in and out of the pool.

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I’m downwind from someone’s great smelling bbq!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. My best to you all!

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The water temperature is a little coolish. Perfect on a hot day!

~Ana

Friday Night Feast: Organic Freshwater Tilapia and Homegrown Asparagus

Tilapia and asparagus. Let me tell you it tastes even better than it looks.

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Just add butter, garlic and enjoy.

Have an excellent weekend. 🙂

~Ana

My White Sangria Sunday at the Lake

I just had to sharewell, at least via a photoa most delightful discovery I’ve made as of late: Eppa White Sangria. Now, I’m not a drinker by any stretch, but this stuff is just plain good and 100% organic, to boot.

In Eppa’s own words: “Introduced with a fruity and inviting nose that leads into a light-bodied and refreshing taste, Eppa SuperFruit Sangria is full of amazing flavor.” Too true.

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The new Eppa SuperFruit White Sangria. My one-word review: yum.
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I’ve tasted both the red and newly-released white and though both are very good, my personal palate leans towards the latter. If you have the opportunity to try a glass or two, do write and let me know what you think.

Bottoms up! 🙂

~Ana

Dinner on the Beach (Clearwater Beach, Florida)

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Clearwater Beach, Florida. The sunsets here are incredible.

Happy Holidays from Ana Livingston

Tis the season, my friends.  I am wishing you the very best in the coming year.

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Just walked through my dining room and this was waiting for me. Happy Holidays.

~Ana

An Affair to Remember: My Blackberry Smartphone

After years of faithfulness in a definite love/hate relationship with the now third successor of my Blackberry Sometimes-Smartphone, I took the very determined step and bought what has become the new un-Apple of my eye: The Samsung Galaxy Note II.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II: 5.5″ HD screen (1,280 x 720). Nothing but love.

Suffice it to say, I will no longer have to endure inconsistent cell coverage (I live right on the Gulf) and the consequential frustration.  But much more importantly I’ll be able to keep in much better contact with all my friends worldwide.

Speaking of which, I need to head over and see what trouble Stephen‘s getting into today… 😉

Adiós for now.

~Ana

Standing in the Rain – by Ana Livingston

Sometimes I miss being a child.  The innocence.  The grandeur of the world.

Standing in the Rain. Ana Livingston, Writer, Poet.

But maybe I can just change my mind.

~Ana

Happy October to All, Near and Far!

Good morning one and all!  It’s October!  And that means for me, here on the Suncoast of Florida, that tolerable weather is almost upon us! 😉

Beautiful Autumn is on its way!

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and speak to you soon!

~Ana

Fine Artist & Muralist
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On My Birthday by Ana Livingston

I’m hoping today that maybe I’ll be remembered for having done a little more than just having lived; for having loved; for having helped; for having brought my own special light into the world; for having made a difference.

~Ana

“He Haunts My Mind” – a Poem by Ana Livingston

In addition to my murals and other art forms that keep me busy in my otherwise idle moments (oil on canvas, charcoal, pencil, and the like), I am also a published poet.  Here is one piece written about a year and a half ago entitled “He Haunts My Mind”.

~Ana

Ana Livingston, Fine Artist and Muralist: A Photograph

Last night’s classic “Don’t you take a shot of me” shot.  😀

~Ana

Candid photo of me. 🙂

Shell Series, Charcoal on Paper by Ana Livingston – Part III

Here’s the third piece in my charcoal on paper series entitled “Shells”:

~Ana

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Shell Series, Charcoal on Paper by Ana Livingston – Part II

Here’s the second piece in my charcoal on paper series entitled “Shells”.

~Ana

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The second drawing in my charcoal on paper series entitled “Shells”.
By Fine Artist and Muralist, Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay.

Shell Series, Charcoal on Paper by Ana Livingston – Part I

This is the first drawing in my charcoal on paper series entitled “Shells”.

~Ana

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The first drawing in my “Shell” series (charcoal on paper). – Artist, Ana Livingston

My Hand-Picked Bouquet from Dunedin Edgewater Park

I hope you find this as lovely as I did.

~Ana
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Clearwater Mural: Close-Up Photos, by Ana Livingston, Fine Artist

Here are some close-up shots of particular aspects of the Clearwater Mural, located at Honka Automotive (1266 Court Street):

This is the first car I painted on the bridge at the Clearwater Mural. It’s “The Ana”. 😀
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The second car on the bridge…
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And the third…
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The radiant sun, with its concentric circles of light.
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Momma dolphin.
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And here’s baby dolphin—my favorite. 😀
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This mural was such a joy to do.  I hope it brightens your day!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty Four: Nature Calls

We’re nearing home base on this mural project I had a short morning at the wall, but was able to complete ALL touch-up of the wall surface, with the exclusion of the bottom left-hand shoreline corner, from the horizon line down to the blue base.

Adding vegetation to the shoreline on the Clearwater Mural by Tampa Bay Artist, Ana Livingston

It feels good! 😀 In addition to all this, I started dropping in a few trees on the shoreline as well as tidying up some of the existing lines and colors.

I’m off tomorrow, but will be back Sunday with the plan to COMPLETE!  This means finishing the vegetation as well as repainting the entire blue bottom of the wall (paint drips that have accumulated for 44 days).  All this is possible if Tropical Storm Isaac bears far enough west.

I’ll be back to report on the project, come Sunday!  Have an excellent weekend!

~Ana  😀

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty Two: Dolphin Day

It’s Dolphin Day at the Clearwater Mural!  Today marks the day that the Momma and baby dolphin are complete and free to frolic in the surf!

Momma and baby dolphin frolicking in the surf at the Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay

In addition to the dolphins, I repaired some other small areas here and there.  More refinement on the mural tomorrow.  Still looking like I will complete the project this weekend!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural: Dolphins, Before and After – Artist, Ana Livingston

Here are shots of the Clearwater Mural dolphins, before and after:

There’s still some refinement that needs to be done; I got chased off my scaffolding today by the impending Tropical Storm Isaac (we are just now starting to get some of the rains).

Dolphins–the after shot–at the Clearwater Mural by artist, Ana Livingston

I plan to be on the wall tomorrow.  Please let me have 4 hours of dry weather…I have just a handful of items to finish before I am complete with the mural!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty: It’s All About The Cars

Today was my “car” day at the mural.  I refined the large pink car on the bridge, first of all.

Day 40 at the Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street, Clearwater, FL. Artist: Ana Livingston

“Refined” is a nice word for almost painting out the entire thing and starting over. 🙂  I didn’t like what I had left at the end of the day on Friday, so repairing that section of the mural was at the top of the list today.  I also dropped in two smaller cars on the beach road at the bottom left.

I will be completing the mural this week; definite mixed feelings here.  I love what I’m doing, I love the “family” at Honka Automotive (where the mural is located,) and I absolutely love all the feedback from folks who tell me that seeing the wall, with all its bright colors and playfulness, makes them happy.  THAT’S what it’s all about!

My mental list of “to-do’s” at the wall is growing smaller and smaller.  Life just won’t be the same without pulling up to my slot in the parking lot each morning and hauling out my gear. Ah, well…I’ll leave these thoughts for the end of the week.

More color to apply tomorrow!

~Ana 😀

Multi-tasking at the Clearwater Mural, Florida

I was painting this morning at the mural and I thought to myself, “It sure seems like I’m multi-tasking today…”

I’m left-handed, so I looked down to my right hand and saw this…

Multi-tasking at the Clearwater Mural on 1266 Court Street. Artist: Ana Livingston

My right hand often gets the task of being my personal assistant, but when it comes to painting, I am actually ambidextrous.  Comes in handy. 😀

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Nine: It Was a Pink Cadillac

Well, not quite a pink Cadillac, but my youngest daughter sure loves little pink cars, so here you go, Sweetheart!

Adding another car to the Clearwater Mural bridge. Florida summer weather has caused the artist to have shorter days at the wall. Artist: Ana Livingston

First off, I want to say that I am actually very close to catching up on my backlogged mural blog posts that have been lying about in my head and on my computer for the last two weeks.  That’s just how busy I’ve been.  Luckily, I am able to “pre-date” each post, giving it the apparency of being posted on time.  I promise not to fall so behind again!

Today’s artistic endeavor was short and sweet: I started on the third car on the bridge.  I wasn’t able to complete as the lightning storm overheard chased me down from the scaffolding.

I will be back at the mural tomorrow (weather permitting); I don’t usually go to the job site on the weekends as my “rack” is securely locked up in the building.  I do, however, have enough bottom work (requiring nothing more than a two-step ladder,) to keep me busy, so I’ll be there bright and early.  Coming up on Day 40…how exciting.  I hope to work til noon.

I’ll post a new image if the weather was compliant.  Happy weekend! 😀

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Eight: Road Work Ahead

Today at the mural was spent adding to the shoreline in addition to working the roadway section. Very warm day = paint drying as soon as it’s touched the wall.  That makes it a wee bit difficult to move the paint around.  Essentially, it just adds time.  That’s ok—I’m here on this project until it’s truly finished.

Artist, Ana Livingston adding more refinements to the Clearwater Mural located at Honka Automotive Service.

Tomorrow I will tackle the next car on the bridge.  One more step closer to completion.

See you then.

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Seven: It’s For the Birds

My time at the mural today was devoted to changing the suspended black blobs into something recognizable as well as being appropriate for the sunny Floridian skies: birds.

Birds were added to Artist Ana Livingston’s Clearwater Mural, located at Honka Automotive on 1266 Court Street

I also applied several different base colors—in turn—to see which I liked on either side of the road.  I will probably continue to tweak this area; we’ll see.   Slowly, but surely, the mural is shaping up.

Onward and upward…

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Six: Working the Skyline

I spent some of today divided between the skyline—changing some subtle colors as well as refining the buildings—and working the ground on either side of the mural roadway.

Working on the skyline and beach areas of the Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston

I’m not exactly certain as yet what I will be doing in the bottom left hand section.  I tried several different colors and effects, only to paint right over them.  Not as drastic as it sounds, but sometimes one can’t really tell how something will look until the paint hits the wall.

Florida’s summer is definitely here.  I hope to accomplish more tomorrow.

Until then…

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Five: Here, There, and Everywhere

As the first order of business, I completed the second car on the mural bridge today.  Beyond that, I poshed up the bridge and a few other sections.

More touch-up and refinement today at Honka Automotive’s Clearwater Mural. Tampa Bay Artist, Ana Livingston

Then I decided to take various brushes filled with various colors, over to various areas of the surface to blot out any smudges or paint spillage. This task will have to be repeated to a lesser degree as one of the final steps, but thought I’d get a little headstart.

The heat was overwhelming today.  Let’s see what I can accomplish tomorrow.

Talk to you then!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Four: Adding the Second Car

I decided it was time to add another car to the mural bridge.  After all, Honka Automotive is all about cars, right?

Beginning work of the second car on the bridge of the Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston

The wall was very warm today; what that means is the paint dries the moment it’s applied.  That might sound advantageous, but it is actually the opposite, as often my objective is to blend the color and/or make it seem semi-transparent; with an excessively warm surface the paint dries on contact and well, that’s “all she wrote”.

At any rate, I was able to add—though not complete—the second car.  Car completion will be at the top of the mural list manana.

More to report tomorrow afternoon!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Three: Dolphins at Play

Here’s the promised image of the mural with the dolphins added.  I think they bring the needed “life” to the Honka Automotive project that it has been missing.

Dolphins added to the Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive (1266 Court Street, Clearwater). Artist: Ana Livingston

I’ll be back tomorrow with more news and an updated image.

See you then!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Two: The Dolphin Transformation

What’s it gonna be? Early on in the Clearwater Mural process. Artist: Ana Livingston

Dolphins are a big item here in Clearwater, and most probably all of Florida.

When I first left that one section blank very early on in the mural process, I hadn’t decided whether I was going to place a dolphin or manatee amongst the waves.

Manatee or Dolphin or? Color, but no definition as yet at the Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston

I was actually leaning towards manatee until someone reminded me of Winter the Dolphin, in addition to the temporary installation of dolphins being set out on Clearwater Beach.

Ok. Dolphin it is. But the grey area is much too large. Solution: Two dolphins! Clearwater Mural, Artist: Ana Livingston

Ok. Dolphin it is.

So, today I decided to bring that big gray blob to life.  And then, right in the middle of refining it, decided to split it in two.  Afterall, Honka Automotive IS a family-run business.  😉

Momma dolphin is still too large; more forming to do. Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston

Besides, I just like the overall feeling of a mother and baby dolphin frolicking in the water off the coast.  Sounds like fun to me.

I managed to run out of white paint midway, so neither dolphin has fins as yet; I’ll probably make a small paint run next week; I’m sure they will be fine until then.

The finished dolphin family. No fins as yet, but those will come later. Clearwater Mural, Artist: Ana Livingston

I’ll post another shot of the entire mural tomorrow. 😀

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Nine: Bridge Work Ahead

Today was spent starting the refining process on the mural bridge. I will (most likely) be completing it on Thursday (I have Wednesdays off). More major objects are scheduled to get roughed in on Friday.  Lots to do!

See you at the wall!

~Ana

31 Days at the Wall. Clearwater Mural chronicle by Artist, Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay

Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Eight: More Refinement

Today at the mural was spent refining more areas, as well as completely changing others (though the subtleties might not be evident as yet). More work tomorrow, and the new news is I plan to stay on-site for a couple of additional weeks in order to provide a finished product I am happy with. More tomorrow…

Day 28 at the Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston

~Ana

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Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Seven: Riding the Waves

I decided to do some undercoating on the waves today at the mural, in addition to starting the correction process on a few adjacent areas. There are sections now that I am rethinking; we’ll see how much time we have to make these changes (or not).

Have an excellent weekend and see you on Monday.

Artist Ana Livingston’s creation: The Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive on Court Street, Clearwater, FL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Ana

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Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Five: Adding Details

Added some details on the mural today as well as cleaned up a few areas. Had a rain storm “come out of the blue” towards the end of my day, which meant the newly-painted areas ran.

Clearwater Mural by Artist, Ana Livingston. At Honka Automotive on Court Street.


This was a minor setback, but I waited out the storm and corrected the damage.  I’ll be back on Thursday to be painting more details—it’s slow, gradual progress at this point. Still have several weeks left on site.


~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Four: The Bridge

Start of a new week! Today was interesting for a variety of reasons, the most significant of which is that business is BOOMING at the site of the mural, Honka Automotive! There was so much business that some cars were double-parked. This is what I like to see! 😀

Working on The Bridge on the Clearwater Mural, located at Honka Automotive in Clearwater, FL. Artist: Ana Livingston

As far as the realm of painting goes, due to the amount of traffic (good thing), I could only position my scaffolding in a couple of areas.  Consequently, I worked a little on the buildings, but spent the remainder of the morning on the bridge.  I’m glad, as it’s now finally starting to take shape!

I had several guests stop by today, the most interesting of which was a man atop his Harley on a sojourn from Illinois.  Beautiful bike and very nice man.  He made a u-turn just to come in for a closer look and to let me know how wonderful it made him feel when he crested the hill. I love people going out of their way to convey this kind of feedback! 😀 

As an added note, my original estimated target date of completion (July 31st) of the mural has been shifted into the future by about two weeks.  So, invite one and all to come down to Honka Automotive (1266 Court Street in Clearwater, FL) and see me—a live artist-in-action—most weekday mornings.  I’d love the company, and the mural is so vibrant up close!

I’ll be making a small paint run early in the morning; I really feel like adding some new wild and crazy aspects to the mural, but there is an order to everything, so we will see. 😀

Hope everyone is refreshed from their weekend off and had a great start to the week. See you tomorrow!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Three: Here Comes the Sun

This is a rather late post from Friday; WordPress experienced some downtime.

Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive at 1266 Court Street. Artist: Ana Livingston

As you can see, I’m still working on many little touch-ups and alternations here and there on the mural; Friday’s work ended up being primarily about the sun.

Due to the lateness of this post, it is short and sweet. 😀

I will see you all tomorrow after that day’s work.

Til then…

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Two: Continuation

Today was bright and sunny at the mural—in complete contrast with yesterday’s full day of rain that occurred in my absence. Good timing on my part! 😀

I spent all day roughing in a lot of details in many areas in preparation for some large additives that will be occurring next week. This is the part of the process where it can feel like you aren’t making much headway. This is due to the areas being addressed are so much smaller than the earlier stages. You just have to stay on task, keep patting yourself on the back and acknowledge the progress.

Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive in Clearwater, FL. Created by Tampa Bay artist, Ana Livingston

This entry is being typed up late tonight (almost midnight), so will be keeping short this time around. I’ll be back at the wall tomorrow morning and possibly either Saturday or Sunday. I have so much yet to do!

Thanks for being there. We’ll talk more tomorrow.

~Ana

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Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty: A Time for Details

Today marks the twentieth day since the morning I first drove into the parking lot of Honka Automotive and took a pencil to the bright white surface of this soon-to-be Clearwater mural. Time has flown!

I actually did the math rapidly in my head: I only work in the mornings/early afternoons, put in an average of around 5 hours each time I’m at the wall, so that equates to roughly 100 hours, or only 4 full days that I’ve been painting.  Again, amazing!

When I arrived early on this 20th day, I had a mental list of all I wanted to get done and in what order, and promptly tossed it aside. I went to the complete opposite end of the mural and started there. Spontaneity, you know? 😀

Day Twenty at the Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive on Court Street. By Artist, Ana Livingston

So, to begin, I roughed in some palm trees and a bit of roadway. I then filled in a couple of needed second coats in several areas, as well as adding some touch-ups here and there.

Oh, yes! I had another fine artist stop by my worksite today: prominent Venezuelan artist, Salas Davila.  He was a bright and bubbly gentleman who could not speak English, and I very little Spanish, but we ended up having a nice conversation anyway. 😀

Salas is an internationally-recognized figure in the arts, and I was very happy to make his acquaintance. He currently resides here in Clearwater, and is excited about creating and displaying his art in this area.  My best wishes to his continued success!

And, as far as all the other individuals who are making a positive effect on me and my work, I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my family and close friends, in addition to all my many friends on Facebook, my blog, etc., who daily leave me the most fantastic comments.  Thank you.  😀

Ok! More changes to be occurring at the wall tomorrow, so once again, nice to have you along for the journey and see you then!

~Ana

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Clearwater Mural, Day Nineteen: Blending and Boldness

Welcome, Friday the 13th—always a lucky day for me!  Today was so wonderful to be up painting with passersby shouting to me from their vehicles, “Looking great!” and “Beautiful!”  These remarks are SO encouraging! Thank you, all. 😀

When I first arrived this morning at the mural, I decided to just dive right in on the blending of the main sections of yellow and orange. I know many people were waiting for this moment as well. 😉

I still have the upper, can’t-quite-reach sections yet to do, plus several coats of additional layering, but so far, so good, yes?

Day Nineteen in the creation of the Clearwater Mural by Tampa Bay Artist, Ana Livingston

I worked on those two sections – back and forth – until the wall heated up to where the paint was no longer fluid enough to move around properly.

That brings up an interesting point, and one that many would not consider: The paint on the wall dries very quickly – oftentimes TOO quickly – due to the surface temperature of the wall itself. This coupled with the drying wind, makes it very interesting in one’s attempt to keep the paint sufficiently wet for blending.

I addressed some of the physical and environmental factors in Florida exterior mural painting in my earlier post, An Article on Endurance.  So, the above now stands as an additional example: if one hopes to do this type of paint blending during the summer months here on a wall situated as this one is, it must be done before about 10 o’clock in the morning.  Just a fact.

After the blending stage, I boldly scribbled in a few lines under my 40′ brown horizontal “stripe” on the wall and ascended the scaffolding to start applying more color.  Enough was added, I believe, so that there is not one remaining Pinellas County resident who has any doubt as to “what that stripe is”. 😀

Oh, yes: I met two very interesting people today. The first was another visual artist – the very first to come out to my project – by the name of Jon Lee. Very nice guy who is very interested in doing mural work in the area. We’ll be putting our heads together in the near future.

The other gentleman was Charlie Littlejohn. He’s lived in Dunedin all his life, and if his name sounds familiar, it’s because of the work he does in his community, in addition to being the husband of Susan Littlejohn, a very well-known and well-respected real estate broker here in Dunedin. Charlie and I had a very nice chat!

Well, once again I plan to take the weekend off.  I’m very excited about next week’s work at the mural, however; a lot of changes will be taking place!

Have an excellent two days off, everyone! Be sure to enjoy it with family and friends.

See you Monday!

~Ana

Daily Chronicle of the Clearwater Mural by Artist, Ana Livingston

Clearwater Mural, Day Eighteen: “Anything Can Change”

Today was all carefully planned, but ended up bringing one of my very own sayings to life: “Anything can change, and everything will.”

I got to the wall, had one hard look, and decided that a couple of hitherto (and large) “unchangeable” areas just weren’t working for me. And so, they changed. The overall “flow” of the mural is better for these adjustments, I feel.

Some major changes took place today in the Clearwater Mural. Executed by Artist, Ana Livingston

Tomorrow will be my last day this week of working on the project. I feel as though I’ve lost some traction what with being off for two days. I will have to come up with an excellent strategy to “make up for lost time” over the next week.

I’m also hoping the weather decides to dump its moisture over my two days off this weekend so that I won’t be chased down from my scaffolding again on Monday. It’s looking more like the first week of August before I complete, what with the rains coming in for a daily visit as of late.

BUT, I’m optimistic as ever, and will give it my all again tomorrow. 😀

Speaking of which, I will see you then…

~Ana

Beautiful Sunset Panorama, Dunedin, FL by Ana Livingston

One of many beautiful sunset shots I took this evening in Dunedin, Florida.

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~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Seventeen: Painting the Details

Fresh off of a relaxing weekend, I put in some extra time today. It always feels good to be back painting!

The thunder and lightning made for a more interesting day on the wall, for sure, but since the storm was moving slowly in the opposite direction, there was no reason for me to stop the process.

I thought about not posting a photo today, as when the embellishments start there will be days when it won’t look much different from the last. For me, of course, even the slightest of changes are noticeable, and that coupled with having spent many hours elevated with brush in hand, there’s never a question in my mind as to whether I “did” anything. But, for the casual observer, it might seem otherwise.

Detail work starting at the Clearwater mural located at Honka Automotive on Court Street. Tampa Bay Artist, Ana Livingston

I had a nice chat with a NAPA parts deliveryman today (the mural is on the west-facing side of Honka Automotive, here in Clearwater, FL). He asked me many questions about the making of a mural, and told me how much of a welcomed sight it was when one rounded the curve at the top of the hill. Very nice to hear. 😀

Today was filled with refinements which will have a full two days to dry. You won’t see me at the mural tomorrow or Wednesday; I have previous engagements to attend to, but will be back bright and early on Thursday.

If you’re in the area on that day, do stop by and say “Hi!”.

~Ana

The Making of a Mural: Daily Chronicle by Tampa Bay Artist, Ana Livingston