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Old 07-31-2007, 04:32 PM
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Day 8 Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It was cool and cloudy this morning, cleared up nicely and there was a cool breeze most of the morning. Here we are on the wall... photo by Mayor Dawsey...



That wall keeps getting bigger and bigger!

Mr. Skipper came by today with a copy of the original photo of the train, circa 1907.



And Mr. Nobles came by to tell us about how the mule should be hitched up properly, which I appreciated. Apparently it's been bothering him since the mural was originally painted, and he wanted it done right this time! I thanked him because I've never been near a mule and wouldn't know the difference.

Here's how it looked when we left it today:





Jay got the sky all done, from up on the scaffold. Anita got the road almost all done. Gale did trees and grass and that box that the mule is pulling, those are almost all done. I was all over the place today, down from the treetops! I worked on the barn and middle sections of the tall trees, and the logs in the whatchacallit behind the engine. It was a wood-burning train, not coal burning. I guess because there was so much wood available here, logging and lumber was also a big industry, so the train burned wood. There's a story about going to the beach, they would ride on benches on an open flatcar, and had to have umbrellas or something to shield themselves from flying cinders. Here's the log car:


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What a great community project.
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Speechless but loveing every minute Ruth !!
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Well Ruth your tree's look awesome! In fact it all looks so good, I loved the other view of the photo, being able to see everyone down the line working. Also that old photo, how priceless is that!
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Seeing the progress of the restoration, you really get a true idea of how faded the original mural had gotten.
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So cool... and you are so FAST, Ruth... those trees are done already, wow!

Are you using a mahlstick in that picture?

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It's really great to be able to view this in progress. In the photo of the tree tops that you are painting, I love the slight blue grayish green you used to indicate the leaves on the backside (hope my description is right). Perfect example of what Deb mentioned in another thread about wanting to paint a tree without painting every leaf. Small details like that impress me, probably because I have so much trouble with that area of a painting.

The train engine is looking so real, can you imagine what would happen if you painted the track right on across the road? Brakes would be squealing no doubt.

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Can you iagine if all of us Decorative Artists got together to restore something? Talk about energy and fun!!!
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Day 9 Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Here's today's progress....

The train...


...the engineer...


I'm just having more fun than anyone should be allowed to have!

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Day 10 Thursday, August 2, 2007

Today we had three new volunteers! Wendell Allen came, he works at the post office and was wearing nice clothes, painted part of the tobacco field and managed to stay clean! I didn't get a photo of him.

My plein air painting buddy Sharon Bowling came all the way from Ocean Isle, NC and brought her friend Joan Cox to paint this morning. Sharon was very brave and got right up on top of the scaffold to do clouds and treetops. Joan got a lot done on the tobacco field.



Here's part of the gang...Anita, Joan, Jay, Sharon, Charles the Mayor.



Progress pictures..





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Just wonderful to watch this documentation Ruth. You are going to go down in history big time gal
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{{shaking head in awe and amazement}} This is just nothing short of amazing, Ruth. And knowing you're enjoying yourself so much, well, you are an inspiration. It's looking so great!

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I look forward to seeing this mural unfold every evening....Thank you Ruth!!!
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Ruth the engineer looks great! I'm so glad that you are having so much fun. What a great group you had to help today, it's really looking colorful and wonderful again.
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