Last week I was in Phoenix painting a mural in the sun! The mural is called The Painted Desert, and was painted on the wall of The Lodge Art Studio (where I used to work when I lived in Phoenix.)
The mural was planned prior to painting, with a rough sketch as well as a full painting (which was reproduced as prints and postcards for donors.)
When I got to Phx, I primed the wall with a tinted primer and that night we used an old school projector to project the image onto the wall. The three folks helping me made the whole thing possible, and I could not have done this on my own. Abbey Messmer and Rafael Navarro helped project, and Amy Decaussin helped me paint the lines onto the wall. Below, you can witness these weirdos. <3
The next day after the lines were in, I started filling in the blue/grey values.
We got scaffolding donated to us, which was a tremendous help, and meant we could add more detail to the top part of the mural. Amy also helped me lay in the first values.
After most of the grey values were down, we started to add the colors. The colored paint was also donated, so it was a bit tricky to mix the colors I thought would go well. I generally use quite muted colors but have been trying to open myself up to brighter hues. The mural definitely needed to be bright since it was set on such a monochromatic background.
I also have to mention that this mural could not have been painted in a better spot, as there is a vegan diner RIGHT NEXT DOOR. They were so kind! They brought me a strawberry basil cookie, some lemonade, and invited Amy and I over for Blueberry Almond Pie. And I ate my breakfasts there throughout the week. It was bliss. If you live in Phoenix, go to Braggs. I love them.
BACK TO WORK! No more pie talk! So we laid in the color, and I had my lovely helpers filling in the painted paddles. Since the javelina is painting with a roller, Abbey filled the yellow paddles in with a tiny roller! She and Amy helped me that morning, and my bud and fellow KCAD alum, Britteny Young stopped by, apron in tow, to help paint too!
And then all of a sudden, I was putting the finishing lines on the piece! With a cool pack strapped to my head because my Michigan blood was boiling in the sun...
And here is the finished mural!!
And here is a lovely photo my friend Marcelle took the night of the funder's party! It was the only one of me where I'm not paint covered with bags under my eyes, so I thought I would share it. It's a perfect rendition of how I felt when the whole project was finished: Thankful. Thankful for friends, thankful for Phoenix, thankful for the sun, and thankful to each and every one of you who shared the project, donated, and generously supported.
If you'd like to find out more about the mural, check out the article the New Times did on the project - they did such a thorough and amazing job, and I am so grateful they shared our story!