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.  So I worked up a dynamic posed I liked but then I needed a model. Then doing a bit of shopping in the grocery store I found him.  A great guy, a great face, and a good model who fell right into the right pose.  This

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 historically accurate.  What does a schooner shipyard of the time look like.  What kind of jobs are going on.  All this is very important.  To the right is a nice clear photo of the tugboat the Seguin.  This tug was built in 1884 and towed schooners

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 this mural in the least.  So this means the paint has been exposed to 6+ years of Maine weather 365 days a year.  The wall bakes hot in the summer and endures typical winter temperatures 10 degrees Fahrenheit or below .  Blizzards, snow flurries, torrential thunderstorms

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.  There is a lot of research in clothing styles and details of the setting

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 protective varnish as well.  It did need a little repair in a few small spots and along a few seams. First I removed the protective varnish, which is why I am wearing the gloves, BTW.  Then I moved on to fixing a few seams where the paint had