Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ready for Color

Happy Fourth of July--careful with those firecrackers!

"Stuff" has gotten in the way of mural work lately, but now I'm prepared to really start throwing paint. This first photo shows the design on the wall. I've only got four 75 watt halogen floods on my track light system. I've ordered two more lights, and plan to reduce the wattage in each one to 50 watts. Hopefully it will make a more even wash of light. Click images to enlarge.

Here you see my setup for painting the higher portions, using a small rolling scaffold. A table is improvised from a 2 x 3 foot metal shelf, supporting one side with a sawhorse and the other with a 1 x 2 clamped to the scaffold uprights. The shelf is wired to the posts to keep it stable.

I'll be using artist's acrylics, mostly Nova Color and some Golden. Nova Color is especially useful for mural painting; it's pourable and comes in sizes from pints to 5 gallon buckets.

This paintbox is an old friend. It's a lidded plastic storage container about 6" deep that has served me faithfully for nearly 20 years on mural projects all over the country. I've never been able to find another one exactly like it, so it has been repaired with duct tape many times over the years. The lid, flipped upside down, does double duty--serving as my palette as well as the cover for the paint when not in use. The paint is poured into small plastic containers which stay open inside the box. A spray bottle of water is kept handy to mist the paint from time to time and keep it from drying out. With a bucket of water, brushes and a rag, I'm ready to go.

Here's the box with the lid on. It drops down and fits snugly inside the box. With a quick spray, the paint inside will stay moist for days. The whole thing is very light and portable, important when you have to be moving across large walls. I see I need a little more duct tape work!


Sheila Vaughan said...

Interesting Don - I suppose many of the same things apply even if you are just doing a mega-sized painting in the studio. I agree about the light. The more you can even it out the better. I would find the "spots" difficult to work with.

Anonymous said...

Don, thanks for sharing the details of your process. I feel like I'm seeing some magician's secrets at work. (Or am I just making it clear that I have very little painting experience?)
Anne Thrower