Wahoo! It feels great to have finished what was, for me, such a large project. Both in physical size and ambition, this mural was a pretty big deal. 800 square feet of peach-colored base coat (twice over), 15 two-color globes that are all almost four feet across, 13 different colors of paint. Whew.
Thanks to everyone who helped me through the whole process: Steve; Jane at Mainline Printing in Topeka; Jon at Boyda for Congress; ICI Dulux Paints on Baltimore in downtown KC; Lamb Chops; Martha, Karen, Zoraida, Andrew, Heather, and Joy at JVSKC (mural site); Natasha at CFCA, and finally, Mom and Pop. Thanks additionally to other friends and family who were encouraging along the way. I could not have done it alone!
I hope, in the future, that I may be able to find my way into more projects like this one – it was a real challenge for me to think like a painter and a designer at once. I’m not a painter by nature, and had only made a handful of stencils before this project – none of which were quite so big. It was fun to be called an artist whenever I visited the mural site at JVS.
In other news, I have been working for Nancy Boyda’s campaign, and I will be essentially unemployed after this week. If you’re looking to commission a diversely talented photographer, designer, sewer, or mural artist – please let me know. I’m a creative person, so I’m not limited to just those fields. I could use the work!