Painting away on the background of the 50 Years and Counting mural.
The far left of the mural and it's subjects decided on, this portion of the mural showing Edmonton in the 1960's is sketched in.
Painting over hundreds of screw heads is part of the mural process, and why I always keep the unique paint colours of an art project until after it's complete.
Painting a few thousand figures in a crowd enjoying the Edmonton Folk Fest in this part of the mural. This section of the artwork has the most depth, with the towers of the Edmonton skyline giving way to the Alberta Legislature Building and the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, which then brings in the Edmonton Folk Fest hill, and ultimately the Oilers in the foreground.
The mural sketch superimposed onto it's location.
Beautiful natural light provided at the Alberta Ave art studio made for easy painting. I always paint top to bottom whenever possible, as paint tends to fall downwards. It's a bit of a relief to eventually paint the bottom sections.
You know life is good when this lady stops through town to come paint! Look at how happy Alexis Friesen is to lend her painting hand while visiting her extra fortunate son's studio.
Painting the 1970's section of the Edmonton mural, with the Edmonton Eskimos and Diane Jones-Konihowski in front of the Commonwealth Stadium and Grant MacKewan University in the background. The blank area with tape on it will eventually be Richard Petty's 1984 Nascar race car.
Edmonton architecture changing hands; the Churchill Square bell tower in front of the current tallest building or tower in Edmonton, the Pearl
As I painted the Art Gallery of Alberta and Epcor tower into the mural I was reminded how far YEG architecture has come since I first arrived in 2005!
Installing galvanized metal H channel in the many, many furring strips or mounting surfaces of the mural on location.
Slacking on the job as the first section of the mural "50 Years and Counting" is installed. The entire 120 foot mural went up pretty smoothly in only one 10 hour day with a great contractor and organizer, Dale Shippit. Dale also makes the world's coolest wood furniture.
Installing the mural.
This mural actually started with one section that was skipped (the far left), as it was undecided what to include in that portion at the time. Here the Edmonton LRT, CN Tower, and part of the Commonwealth Stadium have been painted.
Nearing the end of the mural installation on site. Some really big paint.