Day Eight, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: COMPLETION!

Yes! I finished and have a very happy client! Here is his testimonial:

“Thank you so much.  I love the artwork!  My sisters are jealous and want to ship you to Ohio to do their houses. Thanks again, it’s just what I imagined!” – S.M.

And the final panels:

Happiness like this is what makes my job so very worthwhile. 😀



Day Seven, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: My Place in the Sun

I’m back! Here are two shots from today’s progress. The first is my scene every morning. I love it. 😀

1-grapefruit-mural-day-seven-ana-livingston-fine-artist-my-scene-each-morningThe second is today’s image of panel #1. Still more work to do but it’s coming along!

2-grapefruit-mural-day-seven-ana-livingston-fine-artist-panel-one-clearwater-tampa-floridaI’ll be back at the walls tomorrow around my usual time of 6:30am; I’m getting excited as I can feel completion day coming soon. 😀 More tomorrow!


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! 😀


Artist in action: panel #2 of the Grapefruit Mural


Panel #1 of the Grapefruit Mural. Progress is slow but sure!

I’ll post more pictures tomorrow!


Day Three, Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida: Coming to Life

Day 3 in the lovely Florida sun. It’s quite beautiful out as long as you can withstand the high temperature…in the direct sun..for hours. I happen to like it (as long as there’s a breeze,) so no complaints here.

I worked on the two whole grapefruit today; one each on the two panels.

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I’ll probably be working on the grapefruit halves tomorrow. Lots of reshaping and defining to do with these. All in all, I’m just happy the blobs are starting to come to life!

More tomorrow…


Day One: The Grapefruit Mural, Clearwater, Florida. Quick Base Coat on Both Panels

First day on a private commission dual-panel piece here in sunny Clearwater, Florida. Perfect activity for Earth Day!




Quick Sketch of First Panel: Grapefruit Mural in Clearwater, Florida

Perfect Earth Day activity: Day One of my private commission piece, the two-panel Grapefruit Mural. It was great being outdoors with a pencil in hand!


Happy Earth Day!



Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in. I hope you’ve all been well and happy. 🙂

I’ve been a busy girl and one little project I just completed was creating a new website – – for lil ol’ moi. I hope you can take a moment, browse and send me your feedback. I would appreciate it!

New website of Ana Livingston Fine Artist & Muralist – New website of Ana Livingston Fine Artist

We’ll be talking more soonhere’s to each and every one of you having a wonderful weekend! (BIG wink to NFL fans).


Sending Love to Oswestry, England from Clearwater, Florida

I was pleasantly surprised to find that a splendid group of contemporary artists in Oswestry and the North Shropshire Borderlands, England (Inside Out Art Group), wrote an article about me and my murals (thank you!). The most heart-warming part of this gesture was the standing invitation they issued for me to come create beauty alongside them in their lovely town.

My answer in three short words: I would love to! Please drop in and see what these wonderful and creative folks are up to at


Inside Out Art Group: a band of delightful contemporary artists in Oswestry and the North Shropshire Borderlands, England.


Located in the North of Shropshire close to the English-Welsh Border is the ancient market town of Oswestry. Photo courtesy of

Again, thank you John, et al. for your kind words and hopefully see you next summer!



3D View of the Sistine Chapel – a 360-Degree Panoramic Splendor

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.


Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni’s tour de force: the Sistine Chapel ceiling. My most favorite work of art in the entire world.

I hope you enjoy this experience as much as I did.  Have a wonderful weekend and speak with you soon.


“Michelangelo” – A Poem by Ana Livingston

Here is my published poem entitled “Michelangelo”. It has been printed in multiple publications:

"Michelangelo" by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

“Michelangelo” by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

Additionally, I have read this piece at poetry exhibitions as well as being a featured poet on the Suncoast’s own WTAN, Tan Talk Radio, here in Florida.  I recited from memory on all occasions.

Poet Ana Livingston reciting her published poem "Michelangelo" to a crowd of poetry lovers.

Poet Ana Livingston reciting her published poem “Michelangelo” to a crowd of poetry lovers at an outdoor poetry exhibition in Clearwater, FL.


Ana Livingston, Fine Artist and Muralist: A Photograph

Last night’s classic “Don’t you take a shot of me” shot.  😀


Candid photo of me. 🙂

Clearwater Mural featured in The Comm Line Magazine!

The Clearwater Mural is featured in this month’s edition of The Comm Line Magazine online (page 12)!

The “Clearwater Mural” by Tampa Bay Fine Artist, Ana Livingston, is featured in this month’s edition of The Comm Line Magazine online.

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.

Stop by the mural for a closer look.  It’s located in the East Gateway District of Clearwater at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street.  Tell them Ana sent you!

Thanks again!


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——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. – 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?


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


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 (, 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!


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!



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…
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

And the third…
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

The radiant sun, with its concentric circles of light.
Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive, Clearwater, FL

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!


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!


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!


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!


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. 😀


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.


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…


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. 😀


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! 😀


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.


Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Seven: It’s For the Birds

My time at the mural today was devoted to changing the suspended black blobs into something recognizable as well as being appropriate for the sunny Floridian skies: birds.

Birds were added to Artist Ana Livingston’s Clearwater Mural, located at Honka Automotive on 1266 Court Street

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…


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…


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!


Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Four: Adding the Second Car

I decided it was time to add another car to the mural bridge.  After all, Honka Automotive is all about cars, right?

Beginning work of the second car on the bridge of the Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston

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!


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!


Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty Two: The Dolphin Transformation

What’s it gonna be? Early on in the Clearwater Mural process. Artist: Ana Livingston

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.

Manatee or Dolphin or? Color, but no definition as yet at the Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston

I was actually leaning towards manatee until someone reminded me of Winter the Dolphin, in addition to the temporary installation of dolphins being set out on Clearwater Beach.

Ok. Dolphin it is. But the grey area is much too large. Solution: Two dolphins! Clearwater Mural, Artist: Ana Livingston

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.  😉

Momma dolphin is still too large; more forming to do. Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston

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.

The finished dolphin family. No fins as yet, but those will come later. Clearwater Mural, Artist: Ana Livingston

I’ll post another shot of the entire mural tomorrow. 😀


Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty One: Honka Automotive Repair

As promised, I am posting the Before and After shots of the first car I’ve placed on the bridge (yesterday):

Car repair at Honka Automotive Service. Artist: Ana Livingston at her Clearwater Mural, 1266 Court Street

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.


Clearwater Mural, Day Thirty: The Top of the Bridge

My first car!  I decided that I would not only make my own model car – the “Ana” – but it would be at the top of the bridge. 😀

Adding the first car (photo and inset) of many to come, at the top of the bridge at the Clearwater Mural, at Honka Automotive. Artist: Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay

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!


Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Nine: Bridge Work Ahead

Today was spent starting the refining process on the mural bridge. I will (most likely) be completing it on Thursday (I have Wednesdays off). More major objects are scheduled to get roughed in on Friday.  Lots to do!

See you at the wall!


31 Days at the Wall. Clearwater Mural chronicle by Artist, Ana Livingston of Tampa Bay

Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Eight: More Refinement

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…

Day 28 at the Clearwater Mural. Artist: Ana Livingston



Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Seven: Riding the Waves

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.

Artist Ana Livingston’s creation: The Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive on Court Street, Clearwater, FL.








Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Six: More Refinement

Today was “poshing up” and altering more small sections of the mural in preparation for some big changes to happen next week.

26th Day of the Clearwater Mural by Artist, Ana Livingston.

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).


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.


Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Four: The Bridge

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! 😀

Working on The Bridge on the Clearwater Mural, located at Honka Automotive in Clearwater, FL. Artist: Ana Livingston

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!


Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Three: Here Comes the Sun

This is a rather late post from Friday; WordPress experienced some downtime.

Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive at 1266 Court Street. Artist: Ana Livingston

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.

Til then…


Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty Two: Continuation

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.

Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive in Clearwater, FL. Created by Tampa Bay artist, Ana Livingston

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.


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!


Clearwater Mural, Day Twenty: A Time for Details

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? 😀

Day Twenty at the Clearwater Mural at Honka Automotive on Court Street. By Artist, Ana Livingston

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!


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Clearwater Mural, Day Nineteen: Blending and Boldness

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?

Day Nineteen in the creation of the Clearwater Mural by Tampa Bay Artist, Ana Livingston

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!


Daily Chronicle of the Clearwater Mural by Artist, Ana Livingston

Clearwater Mural, Day Eighteen: “Anything Can Change”

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.

Some major changes took place today in the Clearwater Mural. Executed by Artist, Ana Livingston

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…


Clearwater Mural, Day Seventeen: Painting the Details

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.

Detail work starting at the Clearwater mural located at Honka Automotive on Court Street. Tampa Bay Artist, Ana Livingston

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