When I was a teen and young adult, I thought everything I did was gold and tried to preserve it all. I thought my art should last forever and was devastated when I gave a piece to someone and they treated it like it was from a bargain bin of prints they bought at a discount store.
Now, I enjoy the thought that a moment was captured for a moment.
This makes the Mural Project I am working on with the Mayor of my home town a difficult task. She is doing everything in her power to make sure these murals will be cared for and will last. So what ever I do, I will be known for it – for a long time.
While I am still growing in my art and still discovering my visual voice it is difficult to put something out there. A mixed media piece will not last as a mural, which is what I am currently doing. Weather will destroy it.
But how can I pass up the opportunity to paint a mural?! I am surprised that I have put this out there for so many ppl and yet few actually want to do it. Why would anyone pass up this opportunity?
I originally hoped to get a team of a few artists together, create the sketch with them (incorporating their styles and techniques into the final product). As a mural team leader, I never intended it to be MY Mural with helpers, but a team mural with many artists’ marks left on this town. As the deadline approached and time was short and getting together difficult and multiple concepts shot down – I had to come up with something. I had to make it mine.
Most of the artists I asked to join me will be returning to art school soon, so it works out for the best. I still will need some help and those who are left; I am familiar enough with their abilities that we will be able to blend our styles nicely. (If those who are left are still in here and haven’t bailed out too.)
So, they ordered the paint today. I don’t know how long it will take to come in. I hope we will work on this next week.
In the mean time tomorrow I need to go to the site and finish priming it and I am still working on my series of portraits for my personal portfolio.