So I get this call from the head librarian, Alison, at the Port Charlotte Library on Aaron St. She asked if I would like to paint a mural for the Charlotte County Library. I hadn’t been her first choice. Apparently another local artist was approached. This artist had been recommended from previous work. Terms were agreed to and sketches sent for approval. He was never heard from again. Next the intrepid Librarian contacted a very well known art school. The conversation from them I inferred was that the students were too busy to make money. Now, I may have inferred wrong. I’ve never known an art student to be “too busy” to make money. My name was third on the list.
She seen my work before and thought the mural might be out of my comfort zone. Then she mentioned the stipend for the Mural. I assured her this was soooo in my comfort zone. Of course I had to get approval first and some governmental paper work dotted. Once that had been accomplished the paint splashed on March 3, 2010. It was done in time for the dedication about 2 weeks later. Paint wasn’t entirely dry, but it was on the wall.
I do need to thank my father, Terry and his brother, my Uncle Tom. They were there at the last minute helping me put finishing touches on it. I had a great time and I got paid to boot. Being an artist you can’t ask for more than that.
So thank you nameless artists and busy art students. Thanks again, Alison for putting my name down third. I do feel bad for forth & fifth place.
Below is a video of the work in progress. I call it in Art In Motion. After you see it, you’ll know why. Impressionable viewers may wish to turn away at this point. I uploaded it to You Tube. Originally I used Jackson Brown's “Brown Eyed Girl” & Warren Zevon's “Werewolves of London", but they were replaced due to copyright restrictions.
Blog Editor: Originally posted in August 2011.