This mural was painted in 2009. Several years had gone by since I'd had any opportunities for mural painting. A friend of mine contacted me to paint in his basement on a 20 foot wall. He also had seen the Americinn mural and wanted the same type of theme. I drew a design to scale and he was pleased wirh it. I completed that project in 4 days...or so I thought it was complete . He wanted more things added to it, so it took awhile to come to the final signing. Of course the additions he wanted painted enhanced the mural more. There is an assortment of birds tucked here and there among the tree branches and in the sky, which Frank's young visitors enjoy trying to locate them all. His granddaughter, Mareena, who is artistic and likes to paint, added a few touches of her own in the foreground grasses. The Bible reference I chose to sign on the mural is Psalm 9: 1, 2 "I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Thy wonders. I will be glad and exult in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Most High." I always have praise and worship music playing as I am painting and many times the Bible reference comes from a message in a song I've heard.
This mural is my latest, actually just delivered Dec. 5, 2012. It is a project close to my heart, since it will be displayed in Mabel's Home, the alzheimers unit at the assisted living facility where I work as a cook. For quite sometime I have envisioned a mural there, since the only view outside is a wood fence. I wanted to create something that the residents could enjoy. I painted it on "sign" quality plywood in our basement and then it would later be mounted on the wall in Mabel's Home. I wanted to incorporate pastel colors which are peaceful and quieting. There is an assortment of birds tucked throught out the mural, and of course, the loon family, our state bird, is the point of interest. I've already heard positive comments about how much the residents are enjoying it. I chose Psalm 145:1-5 to sign on the mual...."I will extol Thee, my God, O King; and I will bless Thy name forever and ever. Every day I will bless Thee, and I will praise Thy name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One gneration shall praise Thy works to another, and shall declare Thy mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Thy majesty, and on Thy wonderful works, I will meditate."
A special "thank you" to my husband, Julius, for providing excellent lighting for painting and as always, your very valuable moral support.