Friday, May 21, 2010

My True Love

So here I sit in my room, in the peaceful mountains of Santa Cruz, with my little fluff ball of imagination by my side. It seems each time I have taken time to blog in the last few months I have grown. Which is a good thing. Just as a note to you, I will never let that little girl inside of me grow up. Keeping her alive, happy, and rambunctious keeps the imagination flowing and the pure awe of all those little things so alive every minute of my life. I am so thankful and grateful to be alive.

So with that said, and the title of this blog, My True Love, I have found just that. I received my degree in Public Art, my true love, I created a kelp forest mural for CSUMB as my graduate project. If I could relive any moment in my life it would be painting that large and making a change in the community I am in. My body and mind have such a strong reaction and connection to painting large. For me there is no greater joy.

Recently I have teamed up with muralist John Pugh. In the past few months and weeks I have been working with John on several different murals, all at different stages in their lives. Here are a few photographs of a few of the projects.

O, this project is in Grass Valley, CA and the Amgen Tour of California just so happened to ride down the same street the mural is on. How awesome! That was a fun day, the town was excited and everyone was out waiting for the bicyclist to ride by. Nothing like community spirit! It was fun to be a part of that.

The mural below is currently being installed in Madera, CA on the Madera Police station. This was my first time starting to learn the process of installing the non woven media that the acrylic murals are painted on. This portion of the mural work is grueling and takes a heavy dose of physical and mental energy.

I am learning so much. I am improving my life drawing skills and learning the style of trompe l'oeil. As for right now, Im gearing up for the fourth annual encaustic conference on the East coast in Massachusetts.

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