I’m back! Here are two shots from today’s progress. The first is my scene every morning. I love it. 😀
I’m back! Here are two shots from today’s progress. The first is my scene every morning. I love it. 😀
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. 😀
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! 😀
I’ll post more pictures tomorrow!
I have collaborated on just two murals in this life and those were both on the west coast. Here’s a couple in-progress shots of my first project: a very large exterior mural in the Belltown District of downtown Seattle, Washington. The mural required four vertical stages of scaffolding, took two months to complete, and depicted various Seattle landmarks in a montage format with, well, flying coffee cups.
Though we enjoyed the mildness of the Pacific Northwest summer, our days were dedicated to bringing to life an enormous wall painting. There are many moments from those weeks still fondly etched in my memory.
Those were also exciting times as we were creating in the days of the thriving Grunge music scene. This was back when one could drop into a neighborhood club on any given night (after a day “at the wall”) and see the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains (I saw the latter at the historic Moore Theatre).
Designer coffee shops weren’t the rage as yet, but were just starting to sprout up (seemingly) on every third street corner. Yes, the flying coffee cups mural theme was whimsical at the time, but in retrospect, foretold the coming popularity of a new age of coffee shops and their proliferation across the American landscape. Hello, Starbucks.
As a bitter side note on the mural, a building has since been erected in the adjacent parking lot, effectively entombing our work for all time. I’m hoping those passersby who appreciated our mural while it still stood in the light of day continue to make their way by that site and smile, remembering simpler times.
I went to this website and found it absolutely mesmerizing. You have the ability to scroll 360 degrees “within” the Sistine Chapel, all the while being accompanied by beautiful chorale music playing in the background.
The artwork here is beyond incredible and is spiritually uplifting. Such splendor.
I hope you enjoy this experience as much as I did. Have a wonderful weekend and speak with you soon.
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.
Last night’s classic “Don’t you take a shot of me” shot. 😀
I want to thank the editor, Sally Heath, for publishing my article, and I hope it opens new avenues for many artists in this area.
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.
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?
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!
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.
…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!
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.
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!
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.
I’ll leave you with a shot of the wall as it is now. Until tomorrow!
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!
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).
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!
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. 😀
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.
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.
Today I spent the morning doing a lot of touch-up on the mural.
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.
Today was my “car” day at the mural. I refined the large pink car on the bridge, first of all.
“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!
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…
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. 😀
Well, not quite a pink Cadillac, but my youngest daughter sure loves little pink cars, so here you go, Sweetheart!
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! 😀
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.
Tomorrow I will tackle the next car on the bridge. One more step closer to completion.
See you then.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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. 😉
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.
I’ll post another shot of the entire mural tomorrow. 😀
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.
I am very satisfied with the outcome; I will show pics tomorrow of how I left the “car” at the end of the day before. It didn’t look like anything close to what it turned out to be.
So, one car down, several more to go. At Honka Automotive, it’s all about the cars!
One day soon I will approach/attack that gray blob in the water that I know SO many people have been waiting to see transform. I promise it will be soon.
See you at the mural!
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 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.
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.
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! 😀
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!
This is a rather late post from Friday; WordPress experienced some downtime.
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.
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.
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.
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? 😀
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 visit—the 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!
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? 😀
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!
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?
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!
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.
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…
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.
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!”.
The Making of a Mural: Daily Chronicle by Tampa Bay Artist, Ana Livingston
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. 😀