Well, it’s been a hectic few months with school starting, coaching soccer, and my dad going through major surgery. In the midst of all that, I’ve had the chance to work on a mural in our downtown parking garage. My segment is one illustrative panel (approx. 24″ x 30″) in a series of smaller murals. Eight students and two teachers from our high school each took a panel, so it was a fun opportunity to work with my students outside the classroom setting. The theme for our floor was “Inspiration & Empowerment.” Immediately, I thought of a local theater group called Christian Youth Theater. I know a number of young people in our town who’ve loved being a part of CYT, and I’ve been extremely impressed with the professionalism of their productions. So, this was a fun illustration for me to pull together! The above images are sections of the mural. Color is difficult to capture on camera, especially in a parking garage hallway. But I’ve tweaked the coloring in Photoshop to get it close to the actual painting. Timm Etters, a professional mural artist, was in charge of the whole project. I have seen Timm’s work around town for decades, so this mural gave me a chance to get air-brushing tips from a pro! I hadn’t touched an airbrush since 1997 and was definitely rusty. Playing on the safe side, I mainly used airbrush for the background, then did detail work with my acrylics and finished off lighting effects with airbrush over top. As a bonus, each person who worked on the project received a free Badger Airbrush…very nice perk!