History of Communication Mural for a School

This week I launched into a mural for an elementary school computer lab. The theme for the 3-wall project is the history of communication, which is great because I’m also currently working on a picture book about Alexander Graham Bell. So yeah, kind of serendipitous.

The mural project actually began a few months ago with intensive research and a sketch to scale. Early on I hit on the idea of making the mural interactive by hiding clues within the imagery. The clues use pictographs, hieroglyphics, Morse Code, sign language, binary code, and more. (No worries, kids. There will be a Decoder Book!) To add to the fun, I’ll be posting progress reports throughout the project.

Calabash Mural Day 1

Day 1 – Cleared the work area and blocked in the background color gradations. I like listening to audio books when I work. Today I finished listening to “Marbury Lens ” by Andrew Smith. Trippy and transformative!

Making a Room’s Odd Dimensions Work

Sometimes rooms can present challenges that can turn out to be blessings in disguise. Take a recent job of mine. The project was to paint a roller coaster in a young man’s room, but the ceiling rose three feet higher on one side of the room. The solution was to use the difference in wall height to my advantage to give the illusion of steep tracks and to make the cars appear to be rolling toward you. From there the roller coaster looped and corkscrewed around the remaining walls, behind windows and doors while allowing space for other things to later be hung on the walls. In the end, the varying wall height turned out to be a huge advantage for the subject. I love that when it happens!