The photograph above is of my progress thus far- I’ve gotten a lot done, but I still have a ways to go until the piece is complete. I have had a minor setback in the last week of my work, because the computer that my reference photos were on broke (I should have the pictures back in a few days) but during this time I have only been able to work on the background.
It is difficult for me to anticipate how much time it will take me to finish the mural- It has taken me almost two months to get where I am, and there is still a lot of detail work left (which takes the most time). In the past, however, I have only been able to work for a few hours every week, but now I will be working on it for two hours every afternoon because I’m doing independent arts as my co-curricular. With this time, I anticipate it still taking about 4-6 more weeks.
In the time that is left I will continue to progress as I have been, and I can’t wait to see the finished piece. In reflecting back on the work I have already done this semester, I’m very happy with all that I have accomplished. I have learned a lot about the logistics of painting a mural, as well as the creative process for developing a large scale design. Working on a piece of this magnitude has been incredibly rewarding, and I have loved being able to work on something for my community every day. This article summarizes a study on the effects that creating art has on your health, which I am definitely feeling. The most exciting and rewarding thing about this mural is the fact that I will be able to share something I have created with Westtownians for years to come.