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Old 04-28-2012, 03:22 PM
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This is the main section of a very long(140' long) mural. This section is about 14' high and is what you see as you enter the lobby. I have a long shot and some closer shots for detail. C&C welcomed, digital playing is fine too. This mural is at an elementary school mounted 10 to 12' up the wall it was painted with acrylic house paint and some artist acrylic(very little) on 100% polyester canvas which was pre-primed on two sides and then wall paper pasted to a rotunda wall using articulating lifts.

These pictures were taken in my shop before installation. Third girl in from left should have been dropped down about six inches for perspective reasons, too late now but have learn to look closer in future.


First five.



Second seven. The oriental boy in the orange top is approx. six foot tall.



First three close up.



Second three close up.



Last four close up.




Mural installed in school. Sorry for poor picture but you can get idea of size and what fun it was to hang on wall. Note where the brick walls come out into room there is a glass roof at about a thirty degree angle up the wall which made it impossible to stand on so we had to lay down or bend down to our feet and below to make a paper pattern and to paste mural to wall. the paper pattern was to figure bottom edge of mural. I painted two inches longer to trim when hanging. The logistics were pretty neat, Often giving me a headache figuring it all out.



It was interesting working with all the different skin tones.
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India,Italy and S.America part2 It's a small world
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Here are three sections of "It's A Small World mural" I have some drawings and details shots.
My helper, Jim Cox known as 'Jimbo' was working with me on this project. Often helpers don't receive credit. When I was a young man I didn't. He was a big help and by explaining to him what I was up to along the way and answering his questions it helped clarify what I was doing to myself.

When you come into the rotunda and look to your left you see the India/Pakistan section then Italy.






Here is the drawing used for projection. I adjusted the size of parts of it as I was laying it out.






Here is a progress shot in my shop. Please note the high tech scaffolding and pristine nature of my work space LOL. Scaffolding is twenty foot long with a one foot wide platform and a sixteen inch stand off, it puts you really close to the surface.







Here is this section in my shop. The India/Pakistan area has such a rich and diverse culture as do many of the areas in this mural. It was difficult to chose what to include and what to leave out. I see those two countries as an area with many things in common. I also realize they find themselves at odds with each other. Our hope is they will come to see each other as brothers and sisters. Jimbo painted most of the buildings with a few touch ups from me.






Here is the right side. The musician resource was an thin elderly gentleman that I gave a boy's head and hands. The girl had about four or five reference photos and is my composite of them. I didn't know I could do that until I tried. I found myself doing it a number of times during this mural painting.



Here is Italy, South America and France on the wall.






Here is Italy. First the drawing then the mural

The soccer player reference was a girl, not in soccer attire or singing. I had a time developing a singing face, I could not find a reference in that position. Jimbo flashed in the colors on the bus and lettered it. He got lost at this scale but it's just paint and I fixed it later. He became more comfortable as we went a long. It is important to realize that the viewer will be at something of a distance and the work needs to pull together at that distance. I let the viewers eyes bring the piece together.



South America. Drawing and mural.


I finished painting this section when I realized the boy I had borrow from his donkey to put on this Llama was lit from the wrong side so I when back in and redid his face making up the correct lighting (I hope). Fun, fun ,fun! Jimbo painted the tower and started the Llamas.





Closeup of South American kids. I added ears to this Llama.



Italy and South America together.
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I thought you may enjoy seeing these process pics.


This is Jimbo he is laying out a level line at the bottom of the fixtures. We measured down about 6-7' to establish a second line which we used to make a paper pattern.



Here we are working on the pattern. Note how I have to work so low out of the basket to draw a pencil line I had to reach down below the basket. Not so bad? It took days to make the pattern.



Looking thru the sky light at the mural it's the reason for the articulated lifts.



This shows Jimbo laying out paper pattern over the hall way you can see the skylight also and it shape.



Here I am up in the lift you can drive it from up there the basket moves in many direction and reach up and over things lots of fun to run.


End of day one of hanging the mural just over half done. My daughter Lauren, buddy Robert, friend and assistant Jimbo, and finally me.We used two lifts to hang mural.
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Mike....this is fantastic work....I really appreciate how detailed you are with the process of working the mural into a very awkward space...and your figures are full of life and vitality....very nicely done, and tell Jimbo that I wish I had someone like him around to help with mural work. You definitely rate a 10 in my book, and I am sure that the school is very proud of this beautiful, LARGE and colorful mural!


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The paintings are wonderful, but I have to admit I LOVE your sketches! I am a huge fan of quick sketch work, so thank you for showing those.

I'm so glad there are people like you, willing to take on such a logistical nightmare... you have my admiration and respect

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Great big work! Incredible!
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Beautiful Mural!!! I love the uplifting, positive quality of smiling faces and happy colors. What an incredible project - masterfully done. Thank you for sharing.

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Thanks for your comments. I'm pretty busy but will try to visit and contribute when I can.
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This is really cool! Is it anywhere near Louisville? I'd enjoy seeing it in person sometime.
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Mark this mural is in
Southern Elementary School
1200 Fairfax Way
Georgetown, KY 40324
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Main Office 502-863-0772
You may want to call ahead. I also painted a mural at Ann Mason Elementary School in Georgetown on curved block wall.
In Lexington at Al's bar corner of 6th& N.Limestone, amusical history mural and on Southland drive another musical mural you can see this on my website to preview. The N. limestone mural had the window piece come off I will be fixing it this summer.
Thanks for your interest.
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Wow! Congrats!
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Haven't been here in a while but this caught my eye immediately. I don't know what to say..wow seems so inadequate. until I got down the list of photos I didn't understand about the glass-what a job. gorgeous. thanks for so many photos and details.
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WOW!!! Very impressive!
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