2 busy weekends (25 or so hours) later, a bathroom mural was completed in a cute little Petaluma home. The inspiration was taken from a New York Times Magazine cover: an illustrated old ship out to sea. I’m grateful for my friends who commissioned me for this dream of theirs and I’m glad I could help it fully come to fruition.
I was commissioned by our friend Steph to create a watercolor portrait of her 3 cute furry pets for her husband Alex. I enjoyed the challenge of figuring out how to put all 3 of the separate reference photos together, but it was more difficult than expected to get the lighting and colors right once I started painting. In the end, I think I captured the 3 of them pretty well and had fun creating this one. Also, wow, I need to create with watercolors more often! If you’re in need of a painting, feel free to contact me with your idea!
Check out this time-lapse video to see the process:
The volunteer mural project is now over. 7 straight days, 43(ish) hours (plus 10 or so for design sketches and revisions), of working on the 22’ x 10’ wall was both physically and mentally challenging. I was completely absorbed by this project and time became more abstract than normal. By 6:15PM on 2/15/19 (the last day), part of me knew I needed to do more – maybe one more bubble or bright piece of coral. It’s such an interesting experience creating a giant piece of art that I can’t just casually keep working on at my own pace. There was a timeline, a goal to have it complete, so the space could be used again for the families who frequent the waiting room. It was art that wasn’t created for me, but for other people to enjoy and to interact with.
It was great to see and hear reactions from the staff at the clinic; I received very encouraging and kind words daily. I truly feel like I made a difference in this community. I wish I could be a fly on the wall to see and hear the clients/patients’ reactions to it. My hopes are that it enhances their experience while at the clinic, yet, I’ll never truly be able to measure any sort of impact. I guess that is the nature with public art.
Check out my instagram for in-progress shorts: @renae.patrice
The overall goal of this mural was to promote literacy and brighten up a space in a local health clinic. I first found out about it through a professor and advisor at San José State. Fortunately, I had the time and energy to contact the coordinator and commit to taking on this endeavor.
This particular clinic off Bascom Ave. in San José serves low-income families and partners with a bilingual team from Stanford to promote literacy and school readiness. A study is being conducted with some patients in which participants are receiving interactive texting strategies they can use to help their young children learn to read.
Stanford has initiated a few other mural project interventions at “safety net” clinics in which they revitalize the waiting rooms to bring a message of hope rather than despair. The vulnerable population that typically utilizes these types of local Silicon Valley clinics are often struggling with poverty and other disadvantages. Bright, colorful, inspiring murals bring a minute change that is needed in the usually sterile, white wall spaces. They promote interaction between children and their parents and encourage speaking, reading, and counting, among other things.
Unfortunately, many low-income health clinics’ walls and floors are often barren. Through this artistic and community-driven effort, these places can transform into a safe, inclusive, and educational space, healthy for families and the health workers who serve them daily.
Other mural work going on through Stanford’s affiliate clinics:
Well, here it is, the latest of the series – inspired from Castle Rock S.P. in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Got my hands on a new acrylic pen…and new acrylic paints – courtesy of Riley Street Art Supply in Santa Rosa 🙂
Stay Tuned for more as the journey continues.
Also, I became a member of a gallery in San José to explore the local art scene. It’s called Works/San José and they happened to be having a member exhibition called Vote Your Subconscious. I entered a small piece from an earlier LandEscapes blog entry. It will be on display until Sept. 11 and is tucked away, right next to a lively painting of the Donald. Contrasting beauties I guess…I’m grateful to have my escapism from this crazy world sometimes.
I’m almost done with this next painting in my series. It’s based off a striking rock I met while hiking in Utah about 5 years ago. If you look closely the rock that looks like a face also is comprised of figures. There are some final touches that still need to be done, but I thought I’d share my newest creation.
Next up, I’m moving on from my red rock pallet and will transition into some more aquatic and forested landscapes. Stay tuned!
There has been a delay in this series, but it will continue soon, hopefully next week if time allows. I’ve been busy working on a few portrait drawings for a good friend, some sweet graphics for work and a few designs for a friend’s wedding this weekend (I’ll be updating my portfolio in the next few days, so stay tuned).
I finished this 4th painting over a month ago, by adding more lines and texture to the ground… about time I show it off 🙂
I have a few sketches worked out for the next two paintings; they’ll be smaller then these last two featuring the red rocks of Utah, but hopefully just as intriguing.
In March I designed a t-shirt for the non-profit organization I work for; here’s the sketch I based it off of. The leaf at the top is part of the logo and is shown asymmetrically in the final design to give those astute viewers something to find.