So sometime last summer James Day recommended Hugo Medina’s Phoenix Festival of the Arts mural project to me. You know how it is. Awash in the lazy days of summer I said yes, and December was so far away. LOL.
So as the date of the Phoenix Festival of the Arts crept up I got busy. It is not unusual. The holidays and all manner of other things conspire to make the fall into winter and spring very busy for me. However, I did say yes, and that which I have promised I generally perform, even if it hairlips the governor.
I got my paints a few weeks before the event. I even had a design ready, because I knew I had a business trip the weekend before the Phoenix Festival of the Arts and would only have 1 day in between returning from that trip and the festival to get my stuff together. I guess I should have thought about it a bit more, because I oriented my sketch vertically, but the 80 of us were supposed to be creating the “longest” mural.
So instead of making sure 3 panels a total of 8 feet wide and 8 feet high got covered in glorious paint, I worked on something that was 16 feet wide and 4 ft high. Let me tell you from an design standpoint that is an entirely different animal. Oh, well time to Semper Gumby all the way.
The mornings and evenings were crisp but during the day it was warm enough for me to get a sunburn in December. Since the mural was in the same place each day, I got the sunburn on my right arm, and the right side face and neck; these things happen in the great outdoors. I very much enjoyed talking and working with the artists on either side of me and on Saturday I loved it when the children picked up my public participation paint and added to the mural as well. Lots of people walked by and enjoyed my dancer and she came to life on the panels. And remember there were 79 other murals coming alive as well. I really enjoyed my participation in this event.
Noelle Martinez, the artist to my left, created a vibrant abstract of exploding bubbles and lines that I merged with on the left side; on the right various patrons added to the mural. I used paint left over from the public participation to paints swirls incorporate the art the public added to the mural on the right side. The center panel is all me and my lovely dancer with her fiery dance partner. I think it came out well.
The entire mural is slated to be moved to a new park on Indian School Rd and central in Phoenix. I am not exactly sure when the installation will happen, but when it does, we will all be invited back to touch up the installed work, and have a little artists shindig. This was an amazing event. Hugo Medina deserves major kudos for pulling it together. I want to extend my thanks to the artlink volunteers who manned the mural artists lounge in the vendor area; after several hours in the sun, it was nice to have a place to go sit down, grab a cup of coffee or a bottle of water and wait for the kinks in my body to settle. All in all a very successful event and a successful project as well.
I welcome your comments below. If you decide you need a mural painted somewhere, I am open to doing a project for hire. Check out my website to see what is possible, and lets talk.
Yours in Art
Jake, AZ Expressionist, Abstract & Fantasy Artist, AKAJake.com Come Experience the Art!
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