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

New Clearwater Mural Website by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay

Good morning, all!  I hope you are enjoying your Sunday, as I am.  I just wanted to stop in and give you an update on my mural-related activities.

I’m not a website designer by any stretch of the imagination, but just as I approach many things in life: “something is only unknown until you know it.”  So, in wanting a more comprehensive representation of my mural on the web, it required me to quickly learn the basics.  The result—www.clearwatermural.com—provides a chronological slideshow plus more information on the making of the “Clearwater Mural” here in sunny Clearwater, FL.  I will add more informational tidbits and photos as the website grows.

ClearwaterMural.com – the new website featuring the chronological painting process of the Clearwater Mural by Fine Artist Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay.

As mentioned on the website as well as in this blog, painting the mural was a 45-day process—from the preliminary sketching to the final strokes of signing my name.  The reason for this extended amount of time was the intense heat, humidity and sunshine during the summer months here in subtropical Florida.

The surface I used was the west-facing wall of Honka Automotive (1266 Court Street). This meant I had until around noon or 12:30pm each day before the sun crested the roofline and I would be in complete sunlight.  At this point it was impossible to work, not just due to it being insufferable for the human body, but because the paint would literally dry on my brush.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, “An Article on Endurance“, there are many factors on exterior mural painting in extreme climates that most people would never consider.  Just the sheer heat itself emanating from the wall is incredible; that coupled with the direct summer sunlight make it a furnace.

But these, quite simply, are nothing more than small, negative facets of the mural-painting game.  The goal is to overcome them and create as close to your vision as possible.  I feel I did this.

I had someone ask me yesterday if I learn things from my projects.  Absolutely.  Above all I gain a broader understanding of myself, aesthetics, and the human spirit.  I acquire a deeper discernment of all the good in others, in myself, and how the beautiful effects we create in the world are reflected and magnified in others.

And what could be a grander lesson than that?

~Ana
www.clearwatermural.com

Clearwater Patch News features Fine Artist Ana Livingston

In the news with the Clearwater Mural I recently completed at Honka Automotive!  If you’re in the area, stop by, chat with the friendly staff, and have a closer look at Clearwater’s newest exterior mural!

The Clearwater Mural by Tampa Bay Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

http://clearwater.patch.com/events/the-clearwater-mural-by-fine-artist-ana-livingston

~Ana

The Clearwater Patch News site features Artist Ana Livingston and her mural located at Honka Automotive in Clearwater, FL

Clearwater Mural by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston: Before and After

Here are the before and after shots of the wall at Honka Automotive, where I spent 45 mornings painting artwork now known as the Clearwater Mural.  Before:

And now, the finished artwork:

I had an amazing time executing this mural!  Many thanks go out to first, my son, Ian Phoenix (www.shadefyre.com), who created the design concept, and then to Randy Meyers (owner, Honka Automotive) and his crew, and last, but certainly not least: EVERYONE who has supported me with their love, well wishes and beautiful comments throughout this project.

Thank you!

~Ana

www.ana-livingston.com
www.themakingofamural.com
www.analivingston.wordpress.com

Clearwater Mural: You Know It’s a Done Deal When…

…the artist signs her work:

The Clearwater Mural, by Fine Artist and Muralist, Ana Livingston, is now complete. It is located at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street, Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty Five: COMPLETE!

Forty-five days later, and here I am: standing in front of my Clearwater Mural, which is now COMPLETE!

The Clearwater Mural, by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston is now complete. It is located at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street, in Clearwater, Florida.

What an incredible experience this has been; two tropical storms, various other ups and downs…but my favorite times were always when folks went out of their way to stop by to thank me and let me know how the mural uplifts them.  THIS is what makes it all worthwhile.

Clearwater and Tampa Bay: You are welcome!

Love,

~Ana
www.ana-livingston.com
www.themakingofamural.com
www.analivingston.wordpress.com

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”. 😀
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

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.
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

And here’s baby dolphin—my favorite. 😀
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

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 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

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

A Mural Artist’s Typical Day at the Office – Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

I thought I would give you a quick view of my mural work station each day: my scaffolding (or as I affectionately refer to it, “the rack”,) cluttered with all the important tools of my trade.

Here’s a shot of my “typical day” at work. My palette board consists of multiple mixtures as I am in the touch-up phase. This translates to me dabbing various colored paints wherever they’re needed on the mural surface.

Usually I am dealing with only 3 or 4 colors at any point in time, but as the photo caption sums up, this is the touch-up phase.  All this means is that I am rounding third base and on my way home with regards to this mural.  I’ll be done will all touch-ups and alterations this week.

Trivia: Today I did indeed use every color shown here.

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Forty One: Touch-Up

Today I spent the morning doing a lot of touch-up on the mural.

A day of refinement on the Clearwater Mural. It will be complete this week. Artist: Ana Livingston

These last few days will be doing mostly that: touch-up and repair.  I’ll be climbing the scaffolding and viewing, descending, moving the scaffolding, climbing and viewing again, all the way down the wall, to make sure all areas can be checked off as officially “done”.

I’ll be back tomorrow to 1266 Court Street, here in sunny Clearwater, Florida, to continue with the refinement.

Until then…

~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 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 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 Five: Paint on the Wall!

All right!  It’s the start of a new week, and what could be more fitting than actually starting the painting process?

Today I began with the base coat on the lower right-hand section.  The shapes are unintelligible at this point, but that is the way of it with mural painting: layer after layer will be applied, and just like with a jigsaw puzzle, sometimes the whole image doesn’t come together until you snap in the last piece.

The temperature hit 90 degrees today, but luckily there was a bit of a breeze skirting the end of the building.   I actually don’t mind the heat itself; it’s when the air becomes stagnant that I find myself wondering if it’s time to pack it in for the day.

More friends (and people I’ve never met,) are stopping by to see how everything is going along.   I appreciate this very much.   I’m actually asking everyone to “honk your horn when you drive by Honka!”  This involves you in the process, I love it, and it’s, well, just plain fun. 😀

Well, I have brushes to clean and planning to do for Tuesday’s stint at the wall, so I’ll end off for today.  I’ve attached a photo showing the first paint to “hit the brick”.  More tomorrow!

~Ana

www.ana-livingston.com

Clearwater Mural, Day Five, at Honka Automotive on Court Street. Clearwater, Florida.