~ Let your happiness take flight ~
~ Let your happiness take flight ~
Well, the inevitable day arrived where I decided to make a change. I wasn’t happy with the grapefruit segments on Panel #2 (with the curling rind), so painted over them and began the detailing process anew. I think, all in all, it will end up looking more “correct”.
My day today was cut short so am hoping to spend a bit more time painting tomorrow.
I hope you all have an excellent (and quick!) Friday tomorrow so that we can all jump into our weekends. And again, thanks for your interest. It is appreciated. 😀
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…
I’ve been asked by more than one person already why I decided to even PUT cars on the bridge. Well, I instantly referred them to the building the mural is on (Honka Automotive), and what it is they do so well, 5 days a week: repair automobiles.
So, here are the shots. I had fun creating it!
More tomorrow, from the mural.
Today was “poshing up” and altering more small sections of the mural in preparation for some big changes to happen next week.
The weather held out today, which is a surprise for Florida in the summer. I’ll be back at the wall in the morning; stop by if you’re in the area! (west-facing wall of Honka Automotive: 1266 Court Street, Clearwater, FL).
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.
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.
Well, for today I had all sorts of marvelous plans of what I was going to pull off in the first three hours, but once I got my nose to the wall I realized that much of it needed a little sprucing up before the required layering I talked about yesterday.
It’s always best to make these types of large changes and additives at this stage of the process, and that fact coupled with the surface having the entire weekend to dry just made too much sense for me to do anything else.
I did tweak several other small things over the course of the day, but they would be detectable to only a few, so today’s progress photo really didn’t look much different than yesterday’s until I decided to take it from a different angle. 😉
Monday starts a whole new phase of the mural: the detail work (well, in addition to the remaining layering required). This is when concentration is key.
It was interesting to talk with one of the technicians today (at Honka Automotive, where the wall is,) as he thought I was on the last leg of the project and would be wrapping up next week. I told him that in actuality I was right around halfway. He was astonished. Yup, a lot left to be thought through and created.
I had over a half dozen friends stop by today, which was wonderful! Pretty soon I’m going to have to bring in some benches, set up a BBQ, and serve refreshments. Now, wouldn’t THAT be fun? 😀
I’ll be taking the weekend off, as usual, hanging up my superhero tights and being just me. I’m looking forward to it. In addition to “real life”, I do have two weeks of paint application to visualize before Monday morning rolls around and the paintbrush beckons.
I also wanted to state that I have thoroughly enjoyed the feedback I’ve received via emails, texts, on Facebook, my blog, in person, and elsewhere. It really feels like you’re all along for the ride and is so encouraging. 😀
Have yourself an excellent weekend—remember to have some fun!—and see you all on Monday!
Today started off great! The sun was shining as I was sewing up the last sections on the wall. I felt refreshed after having yesterday off, so was ready for a full five-six hours of brush work.
Well, that was until just before noon when the incessant rains kicked in. Hello, Summer (yes, the summertime is the rainy season here in sunny Florida)!
Not all was lost, however, as I have only a small section of the entire wall space that does NOT have a first coat on it. This is progress to me! 😀
I had three more friends stop by today–Mark and Linda Ferguson, as well as good friend and Tampa Bay preeminent pianist, Norman Thalheimer. Thank you, all!
Tomorrow I will be spending the first part of the morning mixing up some new colors. I have large sections of layering yet to do, and it requires variants of the existing base color. I am just hoping the rains stay away until at least mid-afternoon!
A snapshot of tomorrow will be to get all base color on the surface, quickly following by some gradient colors. Essentially, I would like to get the wall set up for me to go full bore on the first details starting Monday. It is still my plan to have the mural complete by the end of the month, so positive thoughts on me staying on track!
I’m hoping everyone enjoyed their middle-of-the-week day off. I certainly did, as not only was it a national holiday, but also my son’s birthday. 😀
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!
At Honka Automotive, the west-facing wall!
Fun in the sun today. I am nearing the end of the sketching phase of the mural. I will wrap up placement of all the remaining objects (in addition to any amendments) tomorrow – right on schedule!
Monday I begin putting paint on the wall. This is when the piece truly starts to come to life. As I’ve told a couple of my art supporters and friends, I can’t wait to get paint under my nails. That’s when it will really feel like I am “home”.
Below is an image of some of my “chicken scratch” on the wall. These marks would mean nothing to most, but contain all the world’s secrets to me. 😀
First step in the upcoming Clearwater Mural is done!
Early this morning I completed the thorough cleaning of the entire wall surface. Tomorrow I begin sketching. Fun!
I’m very happy with my decision to limit my hours to only being on site in the mornings. With 90 degree days with 86% humidity, it would be silly to do otherwise.
More news tomorrow!
The BIG question is: Will the rain hold off?
Luckily, this question is of minimal concern this weekend as I’m only scheduled for wall cleaning.
But, as of early Monday morning, I will be starting the sketching phase. Out in the elements.
Positive weather thoughts!
Hello and Welcome to my Art Blog! I am a fine arts artist and muralist based here in the Tampa Bay area. Very nice to make your acquaintance!
I have been commissioned to paint my next exterior mural on the wall of Honka Automotive here in Clearwater, FL. It is a moderately-sized project (wall is approximately 15′ x 55′), and I have successfully glided through the permitting progress. Work should be starting mid-June, weather permitting.
Additionally, I will be presenting a companion website – themakingofamural.com – that will be chronicling, day by day, my mural progress over the next two months.
I look forward to your comments as well as our journey together!
Ana Livingston, Fine Artist & Muralist, Tampa Bay, Florida