Saturday, November 21, 2009

I'm Breathing Air Again

...after being underwater for three weeks.

I subcontracted with Steve Paddack of Paintbox Studios, and we also had help from artist Mike Brown. We painted three scenic wall murals, and two window murals, all depicting biblical geographical areas. This is for a church's new childrens' learning area.

Above and below: Entry mural, Northern Galilee, 10' x 25'

Sea of Galilee valley, 10' x 30'
(this area will soon have a giant boat in which kids can ride)

Northern Galilee, 7' x 16'

Interior room of a Jerusalem home,
with windows looking out on a terrace and on Jerusalem,
6' x 6'
This was a great project, and I really enjoyed working with others. I like that these murals have nice light and space in them, even though the project didn't require this. People really do respond well to "painted worlds" once they actually see them in person. That's reassuring.


Steven LaRose said...

Those are nice.
Was the carpet down already?
Three of you dancing around. Did someone become the specialist at certain things? I appreciate that the palette was reserved. That is always so hard to do me.

Steven LaRose said...

to do me.

Is hard for me to do.

Carla said...

I seem to remember carpet being installed as we painted. This was painted during crunch time. We never knew when the fire alarm and flashing lights would go off. We had crews grinding and drilling and hammering and yammering all around us. I use a combo of earplugs, noise-cancelling headphones, and high volume mp3 player to compensate. I almost fashioned some blinders onto my glasses to limit the peripheral movement in my vision.

So working with two other people, who were on the same crew as me and were cooperative, was actually very helpful to my sanity.

Rather than having specialties, it seemed we each had moments of clarity and perspective, where we could lead the way out from tunnel-visioned, detailmania.

I both led, and was led from that place. It was good.

Nomi Lubin said...


Lausanne said...

Beautiful work, Carla. I'm sure the kids will be enchanted.

M.A.H. said...


Nomi Lubin said...

Yes, a really great example of illustration that goes beyond. The light in them IS beautiful. Also, you mentioned the detail thing -- I think the balance between detail and broader areas is wonderful.