Today I thought I would share with you some of the things I've been through working on the mural that I talk about from time to time. This project came about from a visit one night to a friends in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. My friends landlord who lives across the street was paying a visit and mentioned that his wife is thinking about buying an "art" wallpaper to cover the back wall of their kitchen. As a serious artist just making a name for myself, I'm sure you can figure out what I said to him. We went over to his house after some time so I could see the wall. After meeting his wife, she said that she wanted an outdoor cafe with tables and chairs and a road going down the street. I told them that I could paint them something nice and to e-mail me with any photos that look like the image you want. I then got their e-mail which had one photo and then replied with my price for the work.
I went up for the first session at the beginning of last August. I got my drawing up fine but noticed a problem as soon as painting started. The surface is extremely absorbent and my first layer of color was very hard to work with and got "pulled" into the surface. On future murals I plan on priming the surface with gesso, but on the good side, I couldn't ask for better adhesion. The painting has moved on nicely after I was able to cover the entire wall with the first layer of paint. The other difficulty that I deal with is that the light in the kitchen isn't that bright, and that the outside windows let in different levels of light all throughout my sessions. Sometimes it forces me to work on a different area. I plan on finishing work in late summer, or early fall, so it will end up being a 1 year and maybe 2 month project. I'm still going up their every other week 54 miles each way in a car with 180,000 miles on it. I can't wait to share the finished product with you, the photo on the left is part of the mural in progress. Thats it for now, please feel free to leave a comment or two about something that you kept "plugging away" at for an extended time or anything else that comes to mind. I'll see you on Wednesday!