Sunday, October 12, 2008

if you're a process type person...

i've gotten a lot of emails, in the last week, asking about the process of painting a mural; where do you start? how do you make something so small into something so big? what kind of paint do you use? where do you pee?

all valid questions.
1.) you start with priming
2.) photoshop helps for scaling the image; bricks help for figuring our placement; and experience tells me the middle is usually the safest place to start a sketch-- you can adjust as you go along.
3.) i use Benjamin Moore, all weather-exterior latex paint
4.) i try not to drink anything until i'm super thirsty, then i just take baby sips and mid-day, i'll hop in the car and go to the supermarket nearby, so i don't have to go back home and get Mason stirred up again when i leave.

Some of you have been more interested in the physical changes one can watch as a mural unfolds, so for those of you, here is a visual journal of the process:

wall as i found it.

end of day 1 (priming)

end of day 2 (priming)

end of day 3 (base color)

end of day 4 (blocking in color)

sometime in the future (this is a handy photoshop projection of what we can expect)

and still others of you prefer a more anecdotal approach to the process--- you want to know feeling, see images that provide a sense of being there and such. ok, here you go:

here's my feet the first day i climbed up to the top of the 3 story scaffolding. what you can't see in the picture is how terribly my hands were trembling. they were. bad. very bad.

when i look around, i see this. and i am scared.

when i am sitting, i see this. SITTING. i see the top of a house. when i'm sitting. do you get that? sitting.

here's what the top of the building looked like after i lamaze-d my way through painting it. now that i see it, i kinda really hate that color, which means my desire to be perfect is going to override the mantra i chanted that day ("i'm not coming back up here. i'm not coming back up here")


but, i am fine. and i feel stronger for it. look at me go! i conquered! i win! i am the best! and i have to go back up there!

on that note, i have a lot of brushes to clean, and a lot of advil to take; my right hand is very, very sore. i am feeling, it considered laziness if you've been quite busy otherwise? i don't feel like doing anything right now, but am guessing that that is ok, since i've been essentially LIVING on a scaffold for a week (when i haven't been teaching people to draw or reminding 10 years to put their cell phones away). so, i'm going to go do those things--- bright and early tomorrow i'll be back on the scaffold and at some point this week, i'll muster up the energy to share some exciting personal news (but for now... advil. lots and lots of advil).
xoxo, danamarie


bridget marie said...

Love it..
Can't wait to see the finished product!
So proud of you!

Leeanna Butcher said...

thanks for sharing the process! i don't know if I could get up the nerve to do the top of the building- that's WAY to high off the ground for me! :D can't wait to see the finish!!