|Here’s an update on the Lincoln/Douglas mural progress (see the June 12 post.) We had a deal with the farmers here in Ottawa, Illinois. We let it rain at night to help the corn grow and they let the sun shine during the day so we could paint our mural. The deal fell apart on Saturday, when rain kept us off the wall until mid-afternoon. Still, I think we’ve made pretty good headway after 2 ½ weeks of painting.
|An overall view, with Jared at the far end talking with Tom, an Ottawa native and frequent visitor. Lots of people sit in the beautiful park across the road from the mural and watch us work. I guess you could call it performance art.
|Another angle on the mural. Trying to portray an energetic crowd.
|I figure if there were trees in the park during the debate in 1858, there had to be kids in them. You can see some of the underlying line drawing on the unpainted part at lower left.
|A closeup of some of the figures in process.
|I sneak up on Jared with the camera.