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 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

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! 😀

~Ana

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…

~Ana

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Ana

www.themakingofamural.com

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).

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Six: Base Color Being Applied

Day 6: I felt like I made some good progress today!  The weather was compliant in that I was able to work under a slight overcast with a constant breeze for the entire morning.  Wonderful!

As mentioned yesterday, the mural does not “look” like anything except abstract images at present.  It will probably have this same feel for the next several weeks.  At some point mid-July it will start coming together; until then it’s fun to listen to theories as to what each shape represents.  😀

I am really enjoying myself in addition to getting a very nice tan!  I had several more friendly people (I’d never met) go out of their way to stop by and chat with me today; I always love this!

Randy Meyers, the owner of Honka Automotive (where the wall is being painted), has been such a pleasure to work with.  He and his staff are so accommodating and go out of their way to ensure I have everything I need.

Well, I’m off tomorrow, but will be “hitting the brick” bright and early on Thursday.  More news then!

~Ana

http://www.ana-livingston.com

Day Six at the Clearwater, Florida mural of artist, Ana Livingston. The wall is located at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street.

No Mural Work Today at the Clearwater Mural

Good morning!  Today is reserved for errands and figuring out (on paper) the last remaining details of the mural.  I’ll be back on site tomorrow morning, and will be sure to let you know my progress.  I appreciate your interest!

~Ana

Clearwater Mural, Day Two: With My Pencil in Hand…

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. 😀

~Ana

Artist Ana Livingston at her mural in Clearwater, Florida.

Random Thoughts About My Upcoming Clearwater Mural Project

I had originally planned on starting the mural on June 1st.  That didn’t quite come about (ended up with jury duty, etc.), so I will be beginning a week late.  Not a problem.

Had a look at the weather forecast for the upcoming week and a half: scattered thunderstorms each and every day in Clearwater.  This isn’t of extreme concern as I plan to be working on the mural in the mornings only.  Consequently, I am hoping for just late afternoon rains for the next two months.  😀

Going over my preliminary “attack” strategy for the mural (with regards to placement of color and in what order, etc.).  Will be pressure-washing the wall either tomorrow or Sunday, with “sketching in” while on scaffolding to begin on Monday.  Am hoping this phase does not last longer than three “days”.

I’m starting to get very excited.  I love the outdoors, and what could be more fun than creating on a huge canvas while you’re there.  Can’t wait…

~Ana

“The Wall” located at Honka Automotive, 1266 Court Street, Clearwater, Florida