I approached the head of SMS about possibly painting a mural inside the school. She said, "Oh, there's this great spot outside . . . " I gulped. You mean, like where everyone can see it?!
Once I got over my fear, I presented this concept sketch.
When I came to school one morning and saw that the spot had been primed, I knew the hard work was about to begin.
I created an outline-only version of the image.
I put the image on my iPad and hooked it up to a projector.
I projected the image onto the side of the school and traced the lines.
Day two. This prompted many student comments like, "Oh, so you're going to paint a different color each day? Do pink tomorrow."
Day 3. I could only work until noon, because the sun crept around that right-hand corner and blazed super-hot.
Day 4. Starting the foreground.
Day 5. More detail in the bugs and letters.
Comparing the painting to my reference sketch.
I used Valspar exterior house paints, so hopefully the color will last a long time.
My view as I painted each day.