I had planned to pack the next seven days with focused painting sessions; a last push to get the current mural done for Fitzgibbons Silver Dollar so I could get started on their next scene by the first of March. But yesterday it occurred to me that it might not take nearly as long as I thought to finish up, and today I was delighted to discover that … I’m done! How did this happen? Six days early, no less!
Adding to my delight is this little tree swallow (the one on the bottom). He makes me unreasonably happy whenever I look at him. I may be fooling myself, but I think I managed to somehow capture the effortless speed and grace that these adorable fighter jets of the bird world posses. It’s probably the contrast of cute and fierce that I like so much. I recommend clicking the picture to get a better look.
Sometimes at this stage of a painting I lose objectivity. I’ll think everything is perfectly fine, then time will pass, be it an hour, week, or month, and I inevitably see errors that I was blind to before. But I have a feeling that this little bird will always be delightful, even after I discover his flaws.
Deciding what to post here when I finish a painting and the installation is still to come is always a tough decision. I mean, a mural isn’t really finished until it’s in the place it was designed to be, with the edges trimmed and the little bits touched up here and there. It’s like that feeling of satisfaction you get when you put the last of one thousand puzzle pieces in it’s place. I would be cheating you of the full experience! So… you’ll just have to wait a little bit longer to see the entire thing, after it’s installed near the end of March. (If you’re interested, there is a photo on my facebook page of the left half of the painting in progress.)
Meanwhile, here is another snapshot of the painting, a little square of swooshes and splashes that was a lot of fun to paint, even though it took several layers to get it right. Water can be a real challenge!
The next Silver Dollar project involves time travel and lots of architecture. The setting for the current mural is the Erie Canal basin in Medina, NY where Oak Orchard river flows under the canal. Mural number two will capture a scene from the mid nineteenth century, right in downtown Medina. It will be completely different then this organic mass of green and blue. Stay tuned!