This mural was painted in 1997 in the Americinn Motel near Pequot Lakes, MN. This was my first attempt at painting murals and it opened the door for many more opportunities to paint them.
I drove by this motel during construction, as it was on my route home. There was something tugging at my heart each time I passed by it and I wondered about presenting some of my art work to the owner. I stopped by one day to speak with him about my idea and I was surprised at his response. He took me into the swimming pool area which was very much under construction and he told me of his dream to have a continuous lake scene mural there. I'd never painted anything like that but I was willing to give it a try. I drew a design to scale and presented it to him and he was impressed and it was a "go" when the construction had progressed to the point of my being able to work. I didn't have any idea what the painting surface would be like and with the first stroke of the bursh, it was a shock to find a surface like fine sandpaper. The paint would not move and I panicked. There was a lot of prayer going into this project and I believe God came to my aide and gave me the idea to mist the wall with a spray bottle. When I did that the paint flowed freely and quickly. The complete 60 ft. mural was finished in 80 hours.
I prayed during this mural that it would be a blessing to the guests who would spend time there, some only there for one night as they passed through and would not have an opportunity to experience the beauty of the northwoods and lakes in reality. When I signed the finished mural I also included a scripture reference with my name. It was from Psalm 113:3 "From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised". I didn't paint the content of the verse, only the reference. I have been told by Rebecca, the manager of the motel, that many guests have found the scripture in the Gidian Bible in the room and read it. I give praise to God for His help in this project. He guided my hands and gave me the ideas to create this mural.
Lois Caughlan - Mass