…the artist signs her work:
Forty-five days later, and here I am: standing in front of my Clearwater Mural, which is now COMPLETE!
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!
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…
I triumphed over the forces of nature until around 11:30 this morning. Then the rains turned the tide.
A little paint – a very cheerful yellow – was able to find its way onto the wall surface nonetheless. Just one more piece of the puzzle in place.
Some of the first hour was spent cleaning a section of the wall after the weekend’s beating by Tropical Storm Debby. It’s amazing just how much plant debris can get plastered on a surface by wind and rain.
I did enjoy the swift winds when I first climbed into my nest around 8am. Then the gusts grew to be so strong that I had to adjust my balance frequently. I’m six feet tall and always have my feet planted firmly on the scaffolding, so that gives you an idea of the force.
I did love the wind for the most part today, not just for being itself, but for keeping the mosquitoes at home. No artist on the menu this morning.
Today marks the second Monday I’ve been at the wall. It seems hard to imagine next week’s Monday will fall in July. Time has indeed flown.
I’m still on schedule, amazingly, even with starting a week late and a tropical storm to contend with. My target for this week’s end is to have the entire mural surface covered with a new coat of paint.
Hopefully the last remnants of Debby have moved off and I can enjoy a full morning (sans rainfall) tomorrow. I have so much to accomplish this week.
It was a nice blustery day today at the wall. Having some wind always uplifts the spirit as well as cools the body temperature.
Felt like I made good progress early as I finished all the basic markers around 9:30am.
I then sat down and did all the precise calculations to reconstruct the original concept art (an almost square image) into something very elongated (mural dimensions: 9′ x 55′). A bit of an undertaking.
The remaining two hours were devoted to placement markers for most of the important items in the mural. It is at this stage that I always feel myself finally wrapping my mind around the concept on the wall to the point that it no longer seems enormous. It’s now simply my canvas.
I’ve included an updated shot of me today; the mural itself doesn’t look much different than yesterday’s image, so thought I’d present myself instead. 😀