Indoor work, great light and warmth is valuable in January! I travel back to Hannibal this week to give some bright painting to a therapy room in the new business that now resides in the old CourierPost building. The building was recently totally renovated by Brad Walden. I wanted to do some bright colored natural botanicals on the walls without it looking like a children’s room. I think I succeeded. The customer is quite happy!
Winter is the time to plan and design. Right now I have bookings for new projects scheduled up until November 1 of 2023. What a blessing! Some are old acquaintances, and some are new patrons. The third mural in the patriotic Mural City project in Concordia, Missouri is on the calendar as well as two more in Hannibal, Missouri bringing their total up to 25 murals by Ray Harvey art! In addition, something new for me, is the painting of a mural directly on the street surface in St. Charles Missouri. Here are a few of the mock-ups.
Winter usually brings slow days and snow days. The expectancy of warmer days and big walls. Well this off-season was different. Firstly, I painted into December…very unusual. Then right after the holidays I received a mural commission from one of my favorite bars and restaurant, Brown Jerry’s in Pacific, MO. This was a Blues and Jazz theme any way I wanted.
Resulting from this a new customer needed(wanted) a classic car mural in his man cave garage. You know I can paint some baaad chrome!
Then I waited for dry weather to begin a 100’ mural in the gorgeous little town of Concordia, MO. Three weeks we waited for the right climate. Eventually on May 7th I packed up the show and landed in Concordia at the request of the Lions Club. trim.C770AC2A-EE48-4356-B884-A355D06D2344Patriotic they wanted and patriotic they received! Another beautiful waving American flag and a large version of the preamble of our constitution.
Next, Hannibal awaits for a Mississippi Showboat mural. See you there!
This scene was discussed for over a year and the specific wall was hunted since 2018. But now it is finished. With Deborah White’s perseverance contributions came rolling in and the wall was secured. Over thirty-five separate donors came forward and paid for the design. The wall, owned by Arif Dagin, was selected and repaired. This past month I began one of the best exposed walls in Hannibal. At the corner of Third and Broadway this scene will be viewed by thousands of residents and tourists alike. The design showcase the Mark Twain Zephyr that was decommissioned in 1959. The Art Deco styled train graced the rails between St. Louis and Iowa. The steam locomotive is the mail train that crossed Missouri between Hannibal and St. Joseph. Hannibal’s Union Station Depot is also shown. The mural spans 60’ wide and 14’ tall.
It was a very hot week, but fifty hours later the two flag mural on the corner of VFW Post 2446 was complete. The building has some miles on it but with the addition of this 400 sq. ft. painting, it shows the American spirit of its members. Located on Bird street in Hannibal the art gives visitors, tourists and members a location for the most patriotic photos. Most importantly the flag mural gives the organization a large presence in the downtown area!
Every mural I paint isn’t in Hannibal, but it sure seems like it. I began the outdoor Spring painting season at the Main Street side of the Hannibal History Museum. Deborah White commissioned me to create a second mural for the museum showcasing the Hannibal trolley company that ran for so many years. I came up with a more graphic travel stamp design. It worked out great!
Then, Deborah White and Lori Kemp called me to paint these two selfie spot murals in the city butterfly garden. One being a peacock design and directly across from that is a butterfly design!
In June I began a biggie! Continental Cement Company, with the urging of Deborah White once again, commissioned me to create a very large heritage mural on 3rd street. My vision was of American immigration and exceptionalism. I wanted to tell the story of these workers from Eastern Europe and Southeastern America to the plant near Hannibal. Continental is the last American owned cement company in the country. I’m proud to have told this story!
Big Wall on City Hall – 320 N. Broadway
Fire Station – 1634 Market St.
American Flag on Market St. – 3500 Market St.
Vintage Cars on Market – 2000 Market St.
Broadway Bar & Grill Beer Mug – 712 Broadway
Ilasco Falstaff Vintage Sign – 10998 Ilasco
Travel Trolley Stamp on History Museum – 200 N. Main Street
Train Depot on History Museum – 200 N. Main & Center St.
Mark Twain on American Flag – 1429 Mark Twain Avenue
AND, it looks like four more coming this summer! If you go by and view or take a photo, please post and tag me please!
The fifth mural commissioned by Mr. Brad Walden, the visionary behind the Hannibal mural revolution, is now complete. In the old Gooch food market new construction has developed Walden’s new office including this conference room. A throwback photo of a moment in 1958 in front of the store gave the motivation for the painting. It measures 20’ wide and 10’ tall. All painted in shades of gray bringing the rooms vibe back to mid-century style!
I don’t have to replay the downs of 2020. I’d rather focus on the highs. It was a very busy year for Ray Harvey Art! I really lost track of all the murals, locations and the many new people I met. Here is a snapshot of the way it was! I’m already following up on orders and commissions for this Spring.