In May I began work on a collaborative community mural at Luxstone Senior Living in Airdrie. They have a beautiful courtyard garden that houses a dilapidated old trailer that measures about 10x40 feet so I came up with a design painted by local volunteers after I added the initilal 'drawing'. I wanted to create a large colouring book page with a map of sorts in order to make it easier for everyone. I'll make final adjustments once it's complete.
The design came from the idea that all of the residents come from across the country so I incorporated a simplified version of my idea of Canada, from the Rockies in the west to the ocean in the east. I also included the official flowers of the provinces and territories along the bottom so that even children can be involved and also to better represent every province and territory. Of course I had to include Canada geese since I've been running into them everywhere. I can't wait to see the completed project.
In between bouts of rain I was able to add the initial sketch of the mural to the 10x45 foot trailer. The wind was so strong I was afraid the ladder I was using would be toppled but, fortunately, things held steady. My hands were quite sore from hanging on to the ladder and jar of paint so tightly.
I had to make a few adjustments to my initial drawing in order to accomodate a plane that was longer than I initially realized (should have brought my measuring tape, but I am happy with it. I was even able to make the provincial & territorial flowers much larger than I had planned, which I think is a great thing. If the weather would have cooperated better I would have made a few adjustments, but I keow that I would be going back to adjust things after it was completed so I wasn't too concerned.
All-in-all I am really pleased with the outcome and grateful I was able to be involved in another community project, especially after this year. We could never complete these kind of projects without the support of our generous businesses like Home Hardware and local residents. I am extremely happy for the residents and visitors of Luxstone Senior Living.
If you'd like to learn more about my process for creating murals, please visit my YouTube channel here. www.youtube.com/watch?v=9edAXxYMidA
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