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This past May I put in a proposal to the City of Yellowknife’s call for painting various electrical/traffic control boxes around town.  I sent in 4 drawings like this one below.

When I was designing for this project I had a number of things that I wanted to consider.

1.  The final painting will be seen from a vehicle driving past (I had no idea which box I would possibly get) which meant that the design needed to be large and adaptable.

2. Winter lasts a long time up here, so I felt that the design needed to be something colourful and cheerful.

3. I love painting flowers, so painting something I know really well seemed to make sense.  Plus I could paint flowers that grows in profusion around Yellowknife – Wild Roses (one of my favourites). I got to indulge in one of my favourite colours – Pink!

4. And I wanted to address something that is of concern – aka the Bee population.

In the end there were 15 boxes to be painted.  I got allocated a box right here:

It was most likely the busiest corner in all of Yellowknife, which had its own challenges as you can imagine.

There were a lot of firsts with this project.  It was the first time I have painted outside.  It was the first time I have painted this large.  As well, it was the first time I painted on metal.

There were many challenges to deal with.    I had recently hurt my back, this meant that I really had to be mindful of how I moved while I was painting.  As soon as my back allowed I got to working on the mural.

The weather was hot this July and when I returned from our holidays in August.  I was painting outside in temperatures ranging from a very cool 10C (I wished I had long johns on that evening) to 30C.

Another challenge were the amount of interruptions that happened every time I was painting.  I enjoyed (for the most part) interacting with people as I don’t get to do that day to day in my studio, but I have to say that it took a lot of energy and then it added so much more time. It took me more twice as long (well maybe even more) to get the painting completed than others who’s boxes were in more out of the way places or even a few blocks over on Franklin.

The wind was yet another challenge that I hadn’t considered.  LoL!  It made the paint dry faster and made it hard to hold my image to see where I needed to go next.  Thankfully I figured out the ball cap to keep my hair from being in the way before I started.

The last big challenge was the constant beeping from the cross walks.  This nearly drove me batty.  Thankfully my son Sean borrowed me his noise cancelling headset so I could listen to podcasts and not listen to the beep, beep, beep, beep…

When I got the box assigned to me, I went down to check it out,  I discovered that the traffic control box has two smaller boxes attached to the large main box.  I had intended to wrap the flowers around the box. But this wasn’t going to work so well on this box.  See below a bit of the painting progression. I kept forgetting to take photos each time I finished painting for the day.

This meant that I had to put on my artist-problem-solving-thinking-cap on.  One morning I woke up with the idea of painting the sides of the small boxes pink and putting quotes on them.  Thanks to Janet at Signed for printing them for me and to my friend Henri Brown for helping to put them on!  

I also have to thank Kelly Bluck for coming to watch my stuff so I could take bathroom breaks, which allowed me to stay and paint longer.  🙂 I was limited to 2 hours until she came to my rescue.

I have been told that people stop at my mural and walk around the whole box to read the four quotes on the mural:  “When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.” ‘Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.’  “The Earth laughs in flowers.”  ‘A flower blooms for its own joy.’   That makes me smile.

Head over to my facebook page to see a short video I did of all 4 sides. ‘Like’ me while you are there.  There is a give away coming up real soon.

Here I am at the end.  I am happy with the results and also happy to have it done.  I do hope in February, when winter is in full swing, that my mural will cheer people up and remind them that indeed the wild roses will bloom again in a few short months.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you again soon.



Tuesday – Happy dancing


Oh dear I forgot to post!  How on earth did that happen?  Life has been far too busy…

02.26.13 Greeting a New Day

“Greeting a New Day”, 11×14, NFS for right now

I finally got the sunflower completed!  Which is why I am happy dancing.  It has been an interesting experience working larger during a very busy time.  After Thursday I will be done most of the items that I committed to do!  Then to focus on getting ready for a sale that will be held at the end of April or beginning of May.  Still working on a date!

We are now only days away from the end of the month. February whizzed past in light speed fashion.  So in a few days I will be giving away an original 5×7 watercolour painting and two sets of cards!   Do you have your name in yet?  To get your name in for the draw, leave a comment, sign up to follow my blog or sign up for my bi-monthly newsletter.  The more comments you make the more your name is entered!

See you on Thursday!