Partial Color palette. Golden Acrylics. The rest of the colors will be made with house paint.
Many months ago my friend and Photographer Mary Morgan bought a restaurant and art gallery in Oil City, PA. Soon after she got the restaurant she invited me to paint a mural for her. I have really been wanting to challenge myself with exactly this sort of public project. Something outside, commercial, and a whole building wall. This is a doozy but it’s not as big as some of those outdoor murals can be. She offered to trade me prints of my artwork – she has the equipment – for a full scale mural. I’ve contemplated this all winter and bugged my husband about it and then I finally realized that this is my next step in my art.
I knew Mary Morganon as Welsh Nomad on the Appalachian Trail in 2004. She was pivotal in helping me get off the trail and to Alaska and then back on the trail after I finished my fishing season. I don’t think we’ve met up since 2006 but we’ve kept in contact and kept sharing our art.
The wall on her restaurant is 14×60. She wants the mural to represent the past, present, and future of Oil City. Her restaurant is called the Mosaic Cafe. I looked up pictures of Oil City and learned that it was an industrial town that had a downturn and they are now trying to revamp themselves as an artistic community, Mary told me that they’re actually trying to model themselves after Asheville, NC. When we were first talking about the mural Mary also mentioned that she liked the mountains I had done in another mural.
Using the few things that we talked about, past, present, future, mountains, Mosaic cafe, I made a sketch. Now I can fix that a bit but I will also have to work on getting the right cityscape of Oil City. This mural is going to be lots of bright beautiful colors. I want it to move from a very pretty night to a bright day and an abstract/mosaic/sun/compass. I hope to keep you posted on this as I progress on it. This is the biggest thing I have ever done. Very scary. I’ll be starting mid-June and I only have 30 days to work on it. Now I just need good weather and to work flawlessly. Pray for me! 😀
|Mural Sketch before I had measurements|
|store front. New plan, extend the mural to the front.|
The next step is to buy some sample housepaints to figure out the rest of the color palette and to paint a the mural to scale on some watercolor paper. I want to be sure to get the colors right, figure the ones I will use most, the ones that will blend to make the most colors, get housepaints for blocking in color. I’ll be redoing the city a little for accuracy and I’ll sketch out a design for the front. Also, the mural will have a sign in the top right corner and I want to incorporate that a little better. For the front I will keep it almost all sun and abstract and I want to figure out a spot to overlay a simple silhouette tree. Right now the gallery is called “Art on Elm”. I think the tree will still look nice and not keep the gallery stuck to that name. Personally, I like the name.
Post me any questions you might have.