Where: Oakland, California at the Oakland Music Compex (OMC) in West Oakland with acrylic paint; January 2016
Happy New Year Mural! This piece is located inside the music studio of musicians. The building is amazing and is home to many working artists who practice and record. While painting I could hear multiple bands at one time.
I started with the moon and got into a drippy white paint scene and then started with writing out the poetry that the musicians selected. Poetry, lyrics, words and drawings. The musicians and I (Sara and Max) came up with the concept. We wanted something with words, but not over the top. We wanted to words to fade out and then become stars and constellations. We made sketches this time, which I normally do not do, and it was helpful in the creation of the piece.
Here I am! This was day 2 in the process. Below are more detailed images of the poetry and intricacy of the words,
The writing is poetry from the band, it is not meant to be read easily. I want viewers to engage with the piece and have to try and read it. In addition it makes the energy more scattered and interesting. I like the idea that you have to work for it! I think I put something like 30 different poems and sayings and songs.
How long did it take: 4 days, 8-10 hours a day
What I learned: Painting on a ladder is dangerous. Especially if you are on the top step! Communicate with building managers before you begin the mural and take more progress shots! It would be great to do some progress videos.
The Exchange: Paid commission
Whats next? I am on the hunt for a studio space in Oakland so hopefully some shows and some good time for making new work!