|Step 1. Even though it doesn't show in the end, wash in background color, to banish the overwhelm of a big blank wall, then go home and figure out how you actually want to paint this one. Nope, did not know what style I was painting, at this point!
Last winter, when I lettered a quote on a beam, Georgine the librarian asked me if I could letter the words "Juvenile Books" over that section of the stacks. Now, since I practically live at the library, I happen to know that Georgine has long wanted a mural for "her" branch, but has been waiting for a long talked about, but still not quite funded addition to the building. She's asked me more than once over the years if I'll paint it, and with her retirement looming, she's been despairing of any of her pet projects happening on her watch.
|Step 4. Rough in the main characters, and add more grass and ferns.
|Step 5. Work up faces and details. At this point, titles are added to the books, and the mischief the secondary characters are up to becomes apparent.
For the last two weeks of summer, running straight through Labor Day Weekend, I painted in the off hours, meaning mostly late at night and on the weekends, tidying away my scaffold and ladder each morning before the library opened, much like the shoemaker's elves. I was asked to work some while the library was open, but on a scaffold over the heads of young children in a small space? Sounded like a Berenstein Bears episode in the making, so I had to decline, though the last two mornings, I was still finishing up when the doors opened, so they got a little of what they asked for. They also asked for a presentation, which Georgine somehow turned into three, but I don't mind. I never run out of words!
|Georgine-the-Librarian. Also known as, "She-Who -Asked".
We all got what we asked for, in the end. Georgine got her mural; I got paid the full value of the original submission; and the library got some live action mural painting, a crazy silly story hour, and a couple of "meet the artist" events, the last of which will happen on Saturday, September 20th at 11:00 a.m. Life is that way. We do get what we ask for. If you aren't getting what you want, may I suggest you check to be sure you're asking (and saying "yes, thank you") with all your heart? If you don't believe me that it works, ask Georgine, who asked loudly and often, until the right people heard it at the right time.
|It's your little world! Ask for what you want, and always, always, always Paint Happy!