Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fountain Square Art Festival, And The Mural


And happy Wednesday to you! Spencer, Iowa is a bit on the sun-free side at this hour, but when Ollie and I did our 6:30 run it was absolutely lovely.

I am getting ready for a trip east. The Fountain Square Art Festival, in Evanston, Illinois, is this weekend, June 28th and 29th. It takes place in downtown Evanston, at the crossroads of Sherman and Church. My space is #36 which is actually on the east (northeast?) side of Sherman. For those of you in the area, stop in and say hi! I've got some new paintings to show. "Shopped" just got it's signature yesterday, and I've got a large canvas of a bicycle race on the easel, with two days to spare yet! :)

"Shopped", acrylic painting on a gallery wrapped canvas, measuring a lovely 30 x 20 inches---
About the mural:

Keeping in mind one of the missions of this blog is to tell why some artists paint the way they do, let me tell you about my morning yesterday! Our church is renovating the elementary Sunday school area. Nice rich jewel tone paint is going up on all the walls, and there seems to be a need for a mural over a stage area---"Karen, you can do this, right?" Trust me, painting a mural is so much easier, and more in line with my brain function than being a Sunday school teacher! So with a copy of Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' and my trusty HP camera in hand I met up with a gang of kids to recreate that painting kid-style and record it all photogenically to develop the painting from. I made a few suggestions for poses and then told them to do their own thing, which didn't turn out too bad. I took a few pictures and then thinking I was done with them, they really did their own thing, which I kind of expected to happen. Then I got the best pictures! Would Da Vincini have let one of his models lay on top of the table with chin propped on hands? What would Jesus have said if one of the disciples had done it?! As you might have guessed, I'm thinking this painting will be a lot of fun! I'll keep you posted.

Later, Cooper

1 comment:

brett said...

Very nice work.