Creating a Color Mockup for the Mural

It took five days to incorporate details into my design for the mural that will be painted by 20-25 muralists during the Seward Music and Arts Festival, September 23-24, at the Alaska Railroad Terminal, Seward, Alaska. I am working on a very reduced scale drawing, and it still fills my 5’ wide drafting table. The final product will be 8’ high and 34’ long and will be mounted on the exterior of a building in downtown Seward.

So far I have spent two days applying color to the design, and assigning a number to each color. These numbers will be placed in their respective spaces on a line drawing that will be projected to size on the mural panels. The muralists will paint each area the assigned color.

Designing this mural is an exacting and complicated task. As I add color, I am constantly changing the design to make the color choices more pleasing and to make the composition work. The subject is a garden of wildflowers, emphasizing wild iris and the Alaska state flower the forget-me-not. The mural will give the residents and tourists in Seward a glimpse of summer all year long, and I am certain they will enjoy this colorful scene during the long dark cold months of winter.

I expect I have at least another week of work to complete the color mockup, maybe longer. The mural project has to take a rest right now, because we have an art show to do and visitors from southern California staying with us. Keep checking my blog, I’ll keep you posted with updates on the progress of the mural.

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska Artist

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