Well, it's been quite the week (and a half). I wanted to post more often, but as you can imagine I've been a bit busy and pretty tired when I get home each evening.
Each day has presented new challenges and new opportunities to trust God to help me problem solve!
Here is a summary of what days 3 through 9 of mural painting had in store:
A beautiful day - Good Friday. Unfortunately I realized that my gridding was the slightest bit off this day - making it very difficult to keep a paintbrush that will eventually be 40 feet long from looking "wonky". As I used to tell my students, "When in doubt, grid it out". This, for me, entailed making 2 1/2 foot boxes instead of 5.
I've attached an image of how I've been mapping this out, because a lot of people are curious how I'm keeping things in proportion:
Every 2 inches on my original drawing equals 10 feet on the wall. I then break those boxes down - so essentially every 1/2 inch equals 2 1/2 feet. Once I draw the grid on the wall, I sketch in the lines and then paint. As you can see, that means the dogwood on the far right is approximately 17 feet tall. (holy cow)
My super supportive and encouraging husband came out on day 4 to help me get the brush right. Once we made our gridding system smaller, it was a piece of cake! This was a total answer to prayer as we'd asked God specifically that day to help us problem solve.
We ended up having a really fun day working together - stressful at times, but so exciting to see it come together! We were pumped at the end of the day - and ready for a day off to celebrate Easter!
I really started to get in a groove by day 5 of painting. As you can see, the dancer has appeared! The window provided a bit of a challenge - but not as bad as I thought. It was a good day painting!
Hoorah for a day painting flowers! I was looking forward to this day - and finally remembered to bring along my ipod. I painted dogwoods and jammed out to music all day.
The detail shows you the bricks I'm dealing with - this is a very old building, and some of those bricks stick out or recess a lot! Just another challenge...
Finally, the paint brush has some bristles. This was Wednesday (April 3rd). The next day it was cold and actually ended up snowing...so I took that day off. I did get a call to come down and be on the news again though - at least this time I had on some makeup. But still - so awkward for me.
And now he's not dancing alone anymore. Again, the window here was a challenge. We thought about painting the window, but I decided that might make them look awkward so once I stepped back and was happy I moved on.
This day was the toughest for me so far because I didn't feel well the whole day. Yeck. And, I got a late start because of an issue with the 85' lift. So I was a little out of sorts mentally, but managed to get a good amount done anyways.
Speaking of the lift - I am SO THANKFUL for DL Bryant. He is THE MAN. I've taken to calling him Uncle DL. Right now, he's letting me use an 85' foot lift and a 60' foot lift for free. He owns a paint contracting business in Lynchburg and has been MORE than accomodating when it comes to any of my questions or needs. So when the platform wasn't rotating, I was able to call him up and he came right out to fix it. Thanks DL!!!!
This was my first day with volunteers and it went really well! Hoorah for Keena Wood for organizing this group from the United Way. Keena heads up the Young Leaders (and was my very first friend in Lynchburg!) and when I asked her if they'd like to help, she jumped on board!
It was really neat to see people I'd never met come out and paint just because they wanted to help. And we had fun! The news showed up AGAIN which got me all frazzled, but my interview skills vastly improved since the first run. And I was glad they wanted to cover the group of volunteers helping.
So that about sums it up!
I took today off to spend at church and relaxing at home with Brent and tomorrow it's back to work. And Friday my parents will be here to visit and help!! I can't wait!
Have I mentioned how awesome Brent has been during this time? :) We've been getting up each morning together listening to worship music, praying and spending quiet time together. He's even making my coffee and breakfast! I have felt guilty because I decided not to cook for the 6 weeks - so when this is over, I will be cooking up a storm and waiting on him hand and foot!
Thank you all for the encouragement too! It means a lot and definitely keeps me going when I'm tired to read the notes on facebook, instagram and the blog.
I just love knowing that this mural is something that so many people are going to get to enjoy. As I so cheesily said on the news, "I just want it to make people smile." I hope it does Lynchburg!