Mural Design Progressing

I’ve completed several designs for the Seward Mural today, each one is better than the previous effort. They are building on one another. The composition was stilted at first, and did not flow well. I enlarged the flowers and added more sweeping leaves. It feels better now. The sketch is in a ready enough state (drawn with ink and colored with marker) to post on my easel for a day or so to contemplate and mull over.

I know at some point I will turn the design upside down for awhile to see if the composition works from that point of view. Flaws will be obvious when doing this. I will squint to see if the dark and light pattern is comfortable, and I will let the colors settle in my mind.

If after a few days I find this design acceptable, I’ll start the details. Since the project measures approximately 40’ long, I will have to scale it down and break it into segments to add detail working at the drafting table. Right now the color sketch is a tiny 3 1/4” high by 14” long and very hard to imagine full size.

I have no idea how on earth I’ll be able to direct the muralists to do this complicated composition in pointillism. I may just end up highlighting areas with dots after the design is painted. Right now this whole process is a mystery and a challenge.

Once the design is accepted and approved by the Seward Mural Society, I’ll scan it and post it on my blog.

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska Artist

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