I've nothing to share in the way of clay today.
The past several months have been tied up in major,
long distance family moves:
Mom and her sweetheart to a new assisted living facility in Maryland…
and a more exciting move helping my daughter, Kelsey,
from Tennessee to Boston.
So I thought I'd fill in the creative gap with some 'throw back' artwork.
A few years ago I was asked by a leadership group to create a mural for
The Children's Museum of Oak Ridge.
I met with a small giggle of excited children who decided on an ocean theme.
As a wannabe marine biologist, I was thrilled!
I asked each child to draw a sea creature and then
incorporated it into the mural.
I admit the 7 year old's interpretation of Spongebob
was one of my favorites… along with an elaborate
zebra striped goldfish cracker.
I also decided that my rubber stamping the other 3 walls
with bubbles was a brilliant idea.
Cool but tediously painful.
|Note the fish above the left window. I painted it on foam core and |
suspended it from the ceiling. I wish I could have done
an entire school of fish like that!
|Spongebob below the window… standing on a coral branch.|
And the zebra goldfish in the clutches of a 'glove' anemone near the corner.
This project is one of my favorites, and it came together fairly easily…
except for that minor interruption of rolling my jeep when
returning from a college visit to Indiana.
During the rain it's a notoriously slick spot on the interstate
according to the EMT crew.
Yes. Yes it is.
Though we landed upside down, thankfully neither Kelsey
nor I was hurt. But an aching shoulder from the seat belt
restraint limited how high on the wall I could paint for a while.
Not complaining, you understand.
|Spotted grouper and cleaner shrimp… along with signature catfish.|
|Foam core crab hangs from the ceiling above the book shelves.|
|A foam core pelican diving through the ceiling for a fish.|
Notice the bubbles on the wall. Crazy.
The dark and bright blue background colors are interior latex paint.
As are the bubbles.
All the other colors are Liquitex Acrylic paints.
|I still have the detailed sketch with all the paint colors identified…|
in case of emergency touch ups.