I put together this little video time-lapse of our mural efforts yesterday—Jen and I built the temporary wall/easel in the old Hallowell Firehouse–this is the wall that will hold the mural canvas while I work this summer on the Hallowell Mural Project. Well, actually this wall only holds about one third of the entire mural–but […]
This mural will have over 70 figures, some contemporary, some historical. I have been nailing down poses, stances, finding nuance in the gestures I want. This starts with sketches and scribbles in the drawings pad and moves on to more finished drawings. I am arranging with models to pose for some people, as stand ins […]
Entertainers Beyond the Sea, 8 x 12 foot wall mural, acrylic, 2017
This mural has many unusual characters from the world of the arts. Artists often live lives a bit out of the box. Some of the people here are archetypal, some drawn from people in my life, but with my crowd I tried to tell a story of life, joy, music, sadness and hope. People who have had pain and difficulty at times can see beyond the day to day to things of deeper significance.
This is a 14 x 40 foot mural I was commissioned through the Percent for Arts Program to paint for the new Capital Judicial Center in Maine's state capital of Augusta. The mural is titled Kennebec and tells of the history and importance of the river to Maine.
The Kennebec County Courthouse mural is progressing swiftly. About two and a half weeks of actual work on the wall…following months of research and studies…and the mural is flying along. 12 hour days with brushes will do the trick. Here my seamen in the rigging are going in well above the doorway. Couldn’t work on […]
Today working on the Kennebec Courthouse mural I did the initial block in of the logger. I enlarged and transferred the drawing to the wall with the traditional grid method…drawing a grid on the drawing and then drawing a larger grid on the wall and using the grid to reference where the parts of the […]
For my Kennebec County Courthouse mural I have been finding models all over the place. After lots of research about logging in Maine I had narrowed down the type of pose I wanted. This taught me the tools and how they were used. How the men moved and pried logs, and maneuvered logs in various currents. […]
Yesterday I spent the day at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, doing mural research in the photo library. It was a fascinating day looking through hundreds of vintage photographs. This kind of research is enjoyable but is also essential for this type of mural. I need to make sure that I am getting details […]
For my 8 x 32 foot exterior mural, “Dance of Two Cultures” in Brunswick, Maine I used Golden heavy body acrylics. These paints are wonderful. This mural is now 6 and a half years old on an exterior, West facing wall in Maine. There is a small eve at the roof but nothing that shelters […]
The work on figure studies for the Kennebec Courthouse mural continues. This woman is for the crowd scene on the pier. There will be ships and cargo behind and other pier activity pertinent to life on the Kennebec. The mural encompasses many centuries, the history of the river from earliest days to perhaps mid 20th century. […]
My “Dance of Two Cultures” mural in Brunswick, Maine is 6 and half years old this fall. Yesterday I was down in Brunswick doing a little upkeep before winter. It is an outside mural, year round in all weather but it needed surprisingly little maintenance. The paint is very tough and the entire mural has a […]
Painting is a joy, and, of course, my day to day work, but has also been a refuge.
I've always painted, standing in the dark facing toward the light. It's only recently my eyes can start to see the dark forms to paint in the black shadow. I paint those as I now walk toward the light. A good change.