Wednesday, October 15, 2008

All I Wanna Do

O.K. So I started the mural. And I can't stop! It's all I want to do! I'm still blocking in the first layers of basic colors and shapes and I have soooo far to go. I'll admit I've taken on an enormous challenge with this mural. A much bigger one than I anticipated. It is a whopping 32' in total length and to achieve the look I want, I will use a dry-brush technique (hardly any water, mostly paint) loading up the brush with a few colors to get a soft grassy look, one that is touched with the orange glow of sunset (or sunrise?). All of this on a ladder with the light changing constantly. I can only paint for about 30-40 minutes, at the most, each time I make a go of it. Then I'm pooped. My arms are getting a workout, so are my legs, my eyes and my brain.

On top of working on this exciting project, of course our life wants constant attention. Food to be made, dishes to be washed, hair to be brushed, brownies to be baked for the Homeschooler Obama Bake Sale (we made over $600!), animals to be fed, books to be read, phone calls to make, laundry etc.,etc. You know what I mean.

Since I find it hard to even walk through the dining room without picking up a brush, I'm trying not to go in there unless I can paint for a while. That is one way I'm trying to have balance (or restraint) with this project.

I feel nervous showing WIP photos because there is so much that will be different when completed (like the peachy sky, that's just a first layer) but I will post a few here so you can see what I'm up to. Oh, and if you didn't see the initial phase of sketches, you can find them here.


Anonymous said...

Magnificent!! The really is a work in progress, and progress, and progress. And it will top this year as accomplishments!

Forte said...

Oh!! The mural is FANTASTIC! Gee whiz! I wish I had done that intead of the red walls! LOL

Project Pink Suitcase said...

Your WIP is wonderful already!!!
I can see why it is hard to not work on it. I love painting too. I totally understand this need to paint combined with the responsibilities of family,home and work.
Very nice to see!!!

Gwenivere said...

It's stunning, i can't wait to see how wonderful the finished mural is!

Kate in NJ said...

Your talent always amazes me!
I'm not creative at all...your WIP is stunning!!

Melissa! said...

Glad you're sharing your photos with us - keep sharing them, too, it'll be wonderful to watch the transformation!

Cher Mere said...

You are SO talented! I think it is so cool that you are painting your own mural. I love it!