Typical Day at the Office – A Mural Artist’s View

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~Ana

www.analivingstonfineartist.com

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

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: Car Transformation, Step by Step

This might be of interest to some: the transformation of one of the cars on the Clearwater Mural, at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street.

I started this playful little car late one day and left it as you see it in the top image.  When I arrived at the wall the next morning, I took one look and decided it needed to change (but had not really defined “how”).

Well, I obviously altered this and that, and finally came up with the right degree of “playfulness”.  I think it’s kind of cute. 😀

~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

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 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 One: Like Playing a Game of Chess

This morning I realized that I’m playing a kind of chess game out here with the elements. Always trying to second guess what the weather has planned and whether I’ll get a particular mural section dry before the raindrops decide to fall again. Definitely keeps me on my toes!

The rain did have the upper hand for a large part of the morning, but I triumphed by around 11 o’clock and was able to get a decent amount of paint on the wall.

Because of the intermittent rainfall, I was restricted as to what I could paint. The very short list included reaching all those not-easy-to-reach areas located under the eaves. These sections needed to be done, so what better day than a cooler one? 😀

21st day in the creation of the Clearwater Mural by artist, Ana Livingston

Truth be told, today wasn’t one of my most spectacular days at the wall. In addition to the elements (and taking care not slip and slide on the scaffolding), I managed to run out of one of my mixed colors. 😦  Though this isn’t necessarily tragic, it’s always a minor setback when you realize you’re out of the base colors you used for mixing in the first place.  Sigh…

So, what I did manage to get done today was blending all the remaining high sections and two red-to-orange areas, and well as beginning to define the bridge supports. The good news is today marks sealing up the last unpainted areas (finally)! All remaining white areas are exactly that: painted white (for the moment).

I had two new faces at the wall today; one was a gentleman who had been shopping up the street, noticed the mural and decided to walk all the way down the hill to tell me it looked great. Thanks, Gerry. 😀

Also, fellow Clearwater resident and Facebook friend, Sherry Van Hootegem stopped by with her adorable little dogs. It ended up being a quick visitthe rain started in once more—but she did mention she reads my mural posts daily, which means a lot to me.  Thank you too, Sherry! 😀

Tomorrow I’ll be off again (as I am each Wednesday,) but will return the day after, bright and early. Positive weather thoughts for that morning!

Have yourselves an enjoyable middle of the week and talk to you again on Thursday!

~Ana

www.ana-livingston.com

www.clearwatermural.com

Clearwater Mural, Day Eleven: Repair and Progress

This morning was productive and it felt good to be back on the wall.  Only a half an hour was spent undoing some slight damage from Tropical Storm Debby (the fresh paint being pelted by sheets of rain and hail).

I dropped in another color (beige) at the bottom lower left, as well as adding a few more accents.  I’ll have to make another small paint run in the morning as the color I need can not be mixed from the colors I currently possess.  I REALLY want to get a LOT of color up tomorrow!

I still have MANY friends and drop-ins asking what the mural is. Any day now it will become apparent. 😀  I’m getting excited, and so should you!

See you at the wall…

~Ana