Finishing involves painting, cleaning up and changing colors to do it again. Persistence pays off in this line of work, and so does good planning. Remember, taking time to plan for less cleanup makes the process of painting a large mural much easier. I paint the entire length of the surface over and over until I’m done. Simple tools are what I use, like a handy “paint can lid” pallet with large pools of the color on it. It is easy to hold in one hand as I use it to mix paints on my brush. Most importantly, if I run low on a color, it is easy to go back and dip in the bucket to quickly refill and continue. I grab my brushes and paint anything I run across on the wall using that group of colors.
“B” is the longest wall being 40 feet long (400 sf), and Wall “C” is 12 feet (120 sf).
When I put the frosty trees in, I also put in more of the white on the mountain tops at the same time. Catching all the things using whatever color I am working with.
I see a real good separation after the green and gray treelines on the horizon are rendered.
Adding the trunks with dark shadows on the closest evergreens to give a deeper feel to their shadows.
Day is Finished
When I am wanting to get a mural finished, I get kind of lost in my painting and loose track of time. The jobsite supervisor is telling me it is time to get home as he sings me a howling song. It is real good for me to have this kind of buddy around because he makes me take breaks and walk around with him. He never lets me eat lunch along. If I get lost in my work Max will bring me back down to reality. Dogs are some of the best people! If you would like to see more of this fantastic dude check out this link.
Mural prep involves communication then coordination. The surface preparation, priming, painting and any modification to structure or trim has to be planned and executed at convenient times around the painting. This mural for the 49 Degrees North Ski Resort Kids Room is just beginning.
Lots of Workers
The talented carpenter dude came in and redesigned the benches adding more bench area and more cubby’s for the kids to use. A pro is always the best choice! This change makes the area more usable and maintainable as the instructors and their students meet up and get ready to go out and experience the hill each day. Others numerous trade workers spent hours priming and painting all the walls, beams and columns.
Now, it is time for the artist to come on in and get to work. I take paints, drop cloths, a small scaffold, ladders, buckets, brushes and my lunch box in to get setup. Here is the background all primed and painted in medium gray before I begin to paint.
This is Max, my helper or supervisor, always available to help me or remind me to take a break and give him a walk. 🙂
Beginning with mural talk, then figuring out what to paint to give the client what they want. Talking about getting ready to paint a mural starts a lot of thought process going through the mind?
How do you figure out what to paint when you are working on improving an area? I am usually told what to paint by the client and it is my job to make sure that the client’s ideas are feasible. I try to incorporate any kind of change of function they are wanting to be do. It is a blessing to be able to make creative suggestions because I have done a lot of this kind of work.
The nursery has the majority of the daycare and infants in their area. The kids with the older kids in it, does not seem to fit with the bright animal characters anymore. Management on the hill has decided to retire the cartoon characters, who have done their job faithfully for years now. A great example of clip art by Allison who works with the kids, gave us all a great guide to follow as we made this mural. This visual information is the most helpful kind to have when trying to communicate what is wanted artistically. Much less need to guess. Yay!
More Than Just Talk
It does take more than just mural talk to get it done. A new look altogether requires a clean and patch-up job on the walls and beams, along with a great change in color schemes. A more subtle and natural scheme of colors was chosen. A limited pallet of grays and natural forest colors for trim along with beams and columns all one color (black) to bring a better cohesive feel to the whole area.
Murals are another form of painting for the artist in me. Big is beautiful and fun for the artistic spirit. I have been up on a mountain doing a mural painting for 49 Degrees North Chewelah Basin Ski Resort. A place I love to spend time at in both summer and winter.
Before in the Kids’s Area
Children’s Area before shot with Ben Short.These images are just examples of how it looks before the upgrade is done. For years, there have been bright red benches along with great comical characters lining the walls for years. This bright theme has been great but now we feel the need to provide a more mature decor for the older youngsters (teens) on the hill who are the next generation of up and coming extreme riders and race champs.