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Crestwood Elementary Mural

Now stay tuned and watch us complete this one!  Our motto is: WE CAN DO IT!!

Hey Everyone!  Meet Isabella Le and Eva Derevyankin!  These two young ladies proved to be indispensable during our Crestwood Elementary School mural.  I had made them my permanent Safety/Photo team and they performed more than adequately, anticipating trip hazards attending to uncoiled power cords, etc.  More importantly they stayed on task and chronicled our exciting progress.  I am accrediting the following photos to them.  Congratulations to them as I understand that these will be their first published works.  How fun!!

The mascot of Crestwood Elementary School in the Kent, Wa. School district is the dragonfly.  The dragonfly is also the state insect and this was our "concept drawing where we began.  The kids have provided untold enthusiasm and inspiration!  Come along for the ride!!

Well first 'Ol Uncle Dan had to tune the guitar up.  Everyone knows that every mural begins with a song.  I was surprised to hear that my all girl team have wonderful voices!

....a song and a blank canvas...

Lots of measuring and layout....Ugh....Come on Uncle Dan we want to paint!

Sorry kids but you gotta do the layout!  You've got to draw it before you paint it!

Allright! Finally some paint on the canvas!  A whole sky in one day!!!

The kids have been so diligent in their duties.  They have for the most part too have been patient and willing to help their team mates.  They should be very proud of themselves....I am if no one else is haha!

It will start to look like something soon!

Everyone has a job to do and I am proud how they all have performed their duties with a glad heart and willing hands.

Hey We're getting there!  A long way to go but "We Can Do It!!"

Stayed tuned!!!!

Cool Seahawk Mural (note: before viewing this please disable any cool metering devices or phone apps that measure cool....cause it's so cool it will blow them up)

Come along with me through the sequences of events that need to occur to successfully create a mural.  First I run my mouth (anyone surprised?) and in this case I discussed with Duane Kaler, the owner of  the Tapout Saloon at 1055 Sunset Boulevard in Renton Wa his vision and what he might like to see on the side of his building.

 I then draw and draw until we have modified the idea of Duane's to his satisfaction.

Until we kind of have a bunch of drawings to indicate to me how I might incorporate my ideas and the colors I might need.

.......and then a trip to Loews in Renton where young Matthew put together a wonderful package of painting supplies for me.

....and then lots of layout in charcoal/pencil.  I carry a big eraser at this point haha

I also go through a lot of pencils during this process....

.......and then I paint...

.....and paint

Moving right along...

I took this image during the eclipse...pretty cool but you can't tell from the picture how weird the lighting was.....Howdy everybody anyway!

Here is the Seahawk momma flying in the quarterback of the New England Patriots (Brady) for the baby seahawks to feast on..... pretty cool idea huh?  Duane had this vision and he and I mind melded to come up with this complete cool it ain't even cool....Huh?  Or what?

TA-DAaaa!   Or what?

Wisdom House Mural   Auburn, Wa.

Would you look at that? A beautiful canvas if I ever saw one.
Masking, sanding, and priming. The preparations are underway.

Making some good progress on the brick entry-way.

Here is the first wall of our proposed Tuscan scene.  I am very pleased with it and hope to tie in the shadows with the rest of the mural.

Caribbean Bar Scene

"Barkeep! How 'bout a schooner?"

A before and after shot worthy of note...

I love engaging in distraction art!