“hey, did you ever finish that mural you were working on downtown?”
“Yes… Kinda… Well, I still have to varnish it.”
The mural is officially finished, and ready for your viewing pleasure, but I have to put the protective coating on it. I was going to wait until it got a bit cooler, but based on a recent text message I received, I think I’ll do it next week.
This is kinda how the message went:
James: Hey, I think someone kissed the mural.
Me: Haha, yes, she’s beautiful.
James: No, I mean someone put lipstick on the mural.
Now, I’m not worried about a little lipstick, in fact I’m kind of honored that someone would press their lips to my mural in adoration… but I should probably protect it sooner than later.
So, I’ll be out there around 10am on Friday, October 14th and rolling on the protective layer. The thing I am most looking forward to is the change in contrast that takes place when you varnish something. Deep colors get deeper, and light colors seem to glow, let’s just say, it’s going to look amazing.
To all my peeps in Pensacola, come see it after that date, it should be pretty amazeballs. To all my awesome interweb folks, I’ll take pictures.
I explain my reasoning behind the mural in this video, enjoy:
It has been an interesting journey, full of hot, inferno like days, and epic downpours, but I am proud to announce that my mural, in beautiful downtown Pensacola, is finished!
If you are in Pensacola, you can see it at Marty Campbell Gallery, located at 114 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, FL 32502
I wanted to capture the beauty, and history of this amazing town. The aliveness in a flowing work of art, that expresses how awesome the people, and this town have been to me. So, thank you Pensacola, this is my gift to you, hope you like it.
This town has been so supportive of me and my art career, that I wanted to give something back to express my gratitude.
When the opportunity arose to do this mural, I thought long and hard about the message that I wanted to express.
If there is anything I have learned from this experience, it is that your mindset is everything. It has been overwhelming, amazing, problematic, fantastic, and enlightening. The weather and some of the politics involved, could have easily caused my mind to downward spiral, and it did for a few moments. Luckily, I’m too stubbornly positive.
So, the power behind staying positive, no matter what obstacles stood in my way, made all the difference. Staying in tune with why I was creating the mural in the first place, was more important than drama. It shows in the work, and shows me how important it is to stay tuned to love.
That is my message.
The other thing I’ve learned, is to never schedule a mural in the middle of a deadly Summer heat wave. Just sayin.
Toward the end of the project, I asked for quotes from the amazing people that have a connection with myself and Pensacola. They are hidden among the images in the Mural. The response was so positive that I ended up with way more quotes than I can fit into the design. All the quotes were so amazing that I’m saving unused quotes for future projects.
The quotes in the downtown Pensacola Mural:
Be brave. –Jamie Hullenbaugh
Love makes magic happen! -Brandi Rodeghero
This is going to be the kind of year you THINK it’s going to be”. – Daniel Grooms
Thank you God for another day! – Cherie
What would you do if you knew you could not fail. – Phyllis R.
In order to truly move forward, we must let go of the past. – Jessa
Listen with your heart, feel with your soul. – Cera M
Do you know why you’re the best? You’re the best because you’re …you. – Jim Billy Barnes
The only consistent thing in life is the inconsistencies. – Catawissa Mo
It’s best to be a first rate version of yourself than a second rate version of somebody else. – Jennifer
May we always be endlessly inspired by the stuff of life. – Klee Angelie
Make today so awesome yesterday gets jealous. – Amanda and Aaron
Make it better. – Terri
Breathe in, breath out, move on – Peggy Cole
Spend your life doing strange things with weird people. – Tiffany Patton
Have you ever found yourself in an oven, desperately seeking a way out? If you do, then you’re probably meatloaf… or an artist painting a mural in Pensacola Florida in the summer.
It is coming along beautifully, and I’m really proud of the evolution that it has taken. I can’t wait to show you guys the finished product… Soon. It looks like my adventures in painting the Pensacola mural may be coming to an end fairly soon, as I am now putting the finishing touches on it. Of course, it’s me, which means finishing touches may take a couple week.
If there is anything I have learned from this experience, it is that your mindset is everything. It has been overwhelming, amazing, problematic, fantastic, and enlightening. Because of the weather and politics involved it could have been easy to let my mind downward spiral, and it did for a few moments. Luckily, I’m too stubbornly positive.
The other thing I’ve learned is to never schedule a mural in the middle of a deadly Summer heat wave… Yay me! That’s it for now, I’m going to get back to my movie… Fiddler on the roof… LOVE THIS MOVIE!
I’ll update you soon! Thank you for being so awesome!
I am very excited to announce that we got approved for the mural in the heart of downtown Pensacola Florida. Some of you may already know the story of said mural, if not watch the video below… it was an “interesting” adventure… or a freakin nightmare, depends on how you look at it.
Because it is hotter outside than any human being should have to endure, I’ve spaced out my mural creation. If you are interested in watching paint dry, or would like to say “Hola!” (I love that) I’ve listed the dates I will be painting.
I am very excited about this mural, I see it as a gift to this town and the people that have been so supportive to me in my career. So, thank you so much, you guys and gals are AWESOME!
Mural painting dates:
*Tuesday, June 28, 10am-2pm
*Wednesday June 29, 10am-12pm
*Tuesday July 5, 10am-2pm
*Wednesday July 6, 10am-2pm
*Thursday July 7, 10am-2pm
*Wednesday July 13, 10am-2pm
*Friday July 15, 10am-1pm
*Saturday July 16, 9am-1pm
*Sunday July 17, 11am-2pm
*Tuesday July 19, 10am-12pm
*Thursday July 14, 10am-2pm
Marty Campbell Gallery is located at 114 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, FL 32502
Watch the video below for details on our adventure to get this mural done… Especially because I started painting it without approval… ooops!
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