Q: When does a 'painting' become a 'Project'?
A: When it spans over 1280 square feet and chronicles the rich farm life and times of the vibrant community of Young, Saskatchewan!
In 2010, the Village of Young, SK celebrated an important milestone in its history: it's 100th birthday! Not a community that lets things like this go unrecognized, the town marshaled its resources to host a huge homecoming party and also to commission commemorative artwork to celebrate the occasion.
|Three community members of Young who spear-headed the commemorative artwork project pose with the original approved artwork in its rough sketch form.|
Once the design was approved, it was my job to create a formal pen and ink rendering that could be used as the artwork to be reproduced in the form of a limited edition print which was offered for sale at the big homecoming as a fundraiser to generate the capital required to proceed with the mural project.
|One of the main organizers shown presenting a shrink-wrapped, archival-quality reproduction of the original artwork at the 100th Birthday Homecoming. The original pen & ink is hanging on the wall behind her.|
I participated in the unveiling of the original pen and ink drawing which ended up being over five feet in length. That's a pretty big pen and ink, especially considering the immense amount of intricate detail.
|Computer-generated version of what the mural might look like on the wall.|
The projected completion date is early June. I have a LOT of painting to do between now and then which I am looking forward to diving into with my usual energy and enthusiasm.
|I created a 'legend' that corresponds with the design for identification of all of the elements in their historic context.|
Want to see more of my murals? Check this link.