Work for my public mural for the new Kennebec County Courthouse in Augusta, Maine is well underway. I was commissioned to paint a 14 x 30 foot mural depicting the rich maritime history of the Kennebec River, our major thoroughfare for many centuries for the fur trade, granite industry, ice cutting as well as bringing food and people from away.
Part of the work is becoming familiar with the type of gestures and movements people make while doing types of work.
- What tools do they use?
- How do they hold those tools?
- What is their body gesture?
- What period of time is it and what would they be wearing?
Once I get all that firmly in mind I can set up the scene as I wish with the real feel of movement.