Normally green, but today, a great start to the work on Henderson's Some Bigger, None Better mural. I started working this morning around 10 am as it was a chilly 42 degrees fahrenheit this morning. It's amazing how thick a projector makes a single thin line when a drawing is enlarged to several times, and because of this, I had to do a few minor changes to the mural in order to make painting easier. I found a few things I missed, some wonky lines that needed to be straightened, and something that was completely left out in the initial sketching phase! Nothing changed drastically from the original design, just a few lines that needed adding in order for shapes to line up. So once I had straightened out the rectangular box on the wall, I began painting the yellow. I had been contemplating what color to start with and this is where I landed. And as I painted I remembered my propensity to drop paint below the current place I am working --- SO with painting yellow right in the middle of the wall, now I have to be extra careful so I won't have too much to fix later. Truth be told - I already have a spot of blue on the yellow from painting this afternoon. Guess I'll figure that one out tomorrow
Around 1:30 pm I finished up the yellow, took a break, and then went back to work, this time correcting some lines under the rectangle so I could begin the blue paint. I worked steadily on painting from 3 to 7 pm and completed 2 of the 4 blue circles and started a 3rd. I would say rate is going about what I expected.
I'm doing my best to stay in the moment and not move ahead of myself or go through this process too quickly. I have a tendency to get "rammy" (pushy) and ignore my artistic instincts and my training to work with integrity to produce something of quality, so I am slowing myself down and staying in the moment .... listening and then acting accordingly.
I had a few visitors today. Everyone is very encouraging and excited to see the process and for that I am thankful. There is not judgement or criticism .. yet. Oh except one gentleman who wanted to know who I was and who authorized me painting on the wall. Which was a great opportunity to share that the abstract design was one of eight I created and one of four that were put before the community in July 2018 to vote on. When the votes were tallied, this design won and I was excited to get started but God had other plans. The project stalled due to the wall needing repair and then the COOP (the mural is on their building) was bought out by CVA and no one knew if they'd want to go through with the mural. BUT then just a month and a half ago, while working on painting cups for the Gateway God Big Red light bright wall, I received word the mural was a go and now I'm working on it between iterations of the wall at the mall.
I'm thankful for encouraging words, great weather, and an amazing husband who is holding down the fort at home with our three boys who are 15, 13, and 10. I'm also thankful for my mom and dad who are letting me crash at their house some nights this week so I can use all the good weather and daylight for painting. I'm thankful for this opportunity to share my gift with Henderson and for Connie Brown and all her work to make this project fly! I'm doing what I'm made to do and loving every minute of walking this journey.
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Ann has worked as a professional artist since 2006. She currently works on her own studio artwork as well as large, commercial works and with other artists in any way she can.