After 39 submissions, I made the final four! Now it’s up to public voting. While I am the only out of state artist in consideration I’m at a disadvantage. I could use any positive vote from you to help me secure this commission. Just click the link and find my design to vote…easy! No sign-up is required, no personal info shared. Thank https://augustaarts.wufoo.com/forms/james-brown-mural-public-voting/
This is the time of year that groups and organizations put out a call for entries. In January their budgets are usually new and they may have received their grant money. These call for entries are found online for all artists of America defined. I am usually pretty particular about which ones I want to apply for. Many times they keep these projects on a local artist basis only. Applying for these potential projects is a lengthy process. You need samples of your past work, statements of interest, references and budget requirements.
Along with the other projects I already have scheduled for spring I have now applied for a Johnson City, Tennessee Mural project and the art that is shown here in Augusta, Georgia.
The latter project is really interesting to me as the subject matter is James Brown and his career. While local artists will be given a little higher rating, I hope that I can out design them enough for them to pick up Missouri artist. The project would be fun enough to make the reward worth the risk. This Wall is 120 feet wide and 36 feet tall. It is on James Brown Blvd. Their call requires a design to be big, bold, and beautiful, not to mention very colorful. I think I’ve done that in this proposed design. The winning artist will be notified during the first week of February, time will tell.
What turned out to be my largest and most involved project of the year, The Big Wall on City Hall is now on hold till Spring. The weather just didn’t cooperate again! The final week of October turned too cold for the paint and the artist. I need at least 40 degrees for the silicate paint to react properly. I was barely getting upper 40’s by late afternoon when I stopped. Then the following week resulted in 2” of snow for Halloween. No one is more disappointed than I am. I have all winter to ponder the situation. But with that time to plan and the experience I now have with this wall, I expect it to be better in the long run. I appreciate Hannibal’s patience and ill be back as early as possible in 2020!
Just last evening mayor Hark of Hannibal and myself explained and described anew plan for creating a large scale mural on the east side of City Hall. The motion passed unanimously! This now allows me to create the smaller easel size version of the scene which will be used for prints. These prints will be the rewards to the supporters of my new Kickstarter campaign. The mural when funded will be started in the Fall. The scene will depict a traditional Hannibal historical design.
2019 is looking up. About four stories up! Back at my undisclosed location, the much anticipated backdrop sky mural took shape. We always knew eventually I would create a sky to highlight the historical buildings. Now was the time.
We began with 100 yards of heavyweight canvas rolled a faded blue on the floor. It was then stretched and applied to the 126’ long wall. This was easier than hanging the canvas first and then painting it. Things go slower when you’re that high up! Once the wall was covered the hydraulic lift took me and my air gun up to the ceiling where I proceeded to paint a dramatic and carefree blue sky mural. Eleven gallons of paint, 100 yards of canvas, four and one half stories in the air, twelve days and one eagle later it is finished.
Mark Twain, Huck, Tom and Ray. Wait, what? This week was the creation of a historical mural. Hannibal, MO was given a new sixty foot wide American flag to celebrate July 4th for years to come. I was contacted only a month ago from a businessman who was renovating a century old building on Market Street. It was once a bank before the depression, then a post office and then local businesses. After 9/11 a small flag was painted on the west side which became very popular with the community. It has remained for eighteen years.
But now the wall was in need of serious repair including grinding and tuck pointing. Unfortunately the flag had to go. Brad Walden contacted me to create something special on his renovated building. Since the flag had been so well loved I just suggest3d doing it again, only bigger and more boldly. I suggested an edge to edge painting of a waving American flag. I had wanted to create a project like this for years and had actually painted the comp flag design years ago. This gave me the chance to finally use it. I photoshopped the design over a photo of the wall. I sent it to Brad and it took all of three minutes to receive the response, “ cool, let’s do it.”
I arrived in Hannibal last Thursday in the hopes of completing the mural by July 4th. The rain held off for the most part but the heat was intense. Beginning work at 6am and continuing till noon and then again in the evening I persevered.
With the help of Brad, Doug’s hydraulic lift and Nathan Wilts support and help the mural was completed at 10am July 3rd. The entire painting took around 45 hours to complete. In that time many well-wishers, honks, waves and visits accompanied my journey. Many interviews with print and TV media were sprinkled through those 45 hours. Yesterday the lift was moved and the mural was signed.
It’s one of my proudest paintings! Many photos will be taken of this art with Hannibal residents and tourists. It will now always be known as the “Flag Building.” Happy Birthday America!
One of the interesting things about this business is that you never know where the next phone call will take you. This was the case when I was contacted via Facebook from a man in Hannibal, MO. He inquired about a bid. He then called me to say he actually had three buildings in mind he would like murals created. One of which was a sixty foot wide brick building with an American flag painted on it. The design was simple but heartfelt. It had been painted right after 9/11. The art had been used for many photo shoots and had become part of the community. The wall had fallen to disrepair and was in bad need of tuckpointing. He originally wanted it to be the second wall we tackled but I suggested to him that if we were going to paint a new and improved flag mural, it would be nice to do by Independence Day. He agreed. He also got a crew of masons on it the following day. They are now working feverishly in this heat to complete the work and get it ready for my part.
I wanted to give the neighborhood an even better flag to view on a daily basis. We decided to make it an edge to edge painting and add the waving flag element to add some life. That is the plan. I expect to begin June 27th and hope to be completed by the fourth.
A long time customer of mine who happens to be one of the biggest collectors of original Buddy “L” metal toys, acquired the last known point of purchase toy display. While the original is only about 18″ x 24″ he desired a painted replica of the art in larger scale. Thats where I come in. I created on canvas a”new” Buddy poster. Mine is about 5′ x 7′. This new art will now be hung on the front facade of his toy store.