Saturday, June 23, 2012

Enriching with Red

I wanted to know if the kids could stretch out the entire length of the mural for this shot. They did!
 Coffee Row in Young, Saskatchewan is starting to buzz with excitement over the large mural being created inside the local hockey rink. Quite a few local people have been dropping in the past few days with very positive remarks, smiles and reminiscent stories. Seeing as how the end of the school year is fast approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to invite the kids over for a sneak preview and a Q&A presentation. It was thoroughly enjoyable and let me tell you, they asked some very penetrating and insightful ideas. They are such a smart and engaged bunch of youngsters. 

See that step-ladder? It's not miniature, it's seven feet high.

The 'prairie sentinels' rise to once again dominate the skyline like in times past. 

Brant Madland dropped in with his sons and said "That's my Grandpa in the back of the car!". Makes it the boys' Great-grandfather. What a great feeling to be stirring up these palpable memories with this project for Young.

More details popping up every day...

Starting to fill in some of the extraneous detail as I go.

I am looking forward to soldiering past the HUGE detail and getting into more of the textures, shapes and background. See how the turned-up sod has a certain graphic power all of its own?

Poppy and Perry Anderson make their debut appearance nestled in the gigantic 'G' of YOUNG.


  1. Thanks Graham! The red is only the second of about 12-15 glazes so I have a long way to go. The good news is that each successive glaze goes just a bit quicker than the last as it gets more resolved. I am looking forward to writing a guest post for ArtProMotivate when it's closer to completion!

  2. Please note: I messed up and deleted this comment by Graham Matthews... All I can say is WOW! This mural is huge! .. very impressive! I can't wait to see the finished mural, and wish I could be there to see it in person.

  3. Great!! I'm looking forward to it!