Monday, April 21, 2014

Back to Work: Mural Stuff

" Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men"  Colossians 3:23
 Well, happy Monday everyone, and it's back to work after a fantastic weekend of celebrating our Lord's  Resurrection with the saints.
   We're gearing up to head out for another trophy room project.   Robert  works as a self employed freelance artist and we have two main clients that provide the lion's share (no pun intended)  of our bread and butter.   
    One is a  taxidermy exhibitor where he works as their sole muralist  painting landscape backdrops for trophy rooms.  Some of the murals are done on huge canvases in the shop but some of them have to be painted on location which typically takes several weeks, depending on the size of the room.  
  Trophy rooms are like  small private natural history museums, for big game hunters and  are quite elaborate  when completed.     Our part is to paint the background murals that correspond with the place the animals have come from.    When I say "our",  I mean Robert does the painting, and I gather reference materials, print photos to work from,  email the client with updates,  order supplies, do the bookkeeping, and provide moral support when we're on the road. 
 Here's a little demonstration video I put together a few years ago to show how we do trophy rooms on location.  This one was in Utah.   
  Below is a new  mural he  did for the  Cabela's store that opened earlier this year  in Anchorage,  Alaska.  
    Next to  the taxidermy company,  Robert  works alongside his longtime friend and very talented artist partner,  Paul Manktilow,  who contracts  with Cabela's.    When they work on  murals for a store they each paint their own murals.  They've been doing stores together throughout the US  for over a decade.   Most of what they do is on canvas in the shop at home,   and the murals are put up like wallpaper.  
  I'm so thankful God provides  these  projects because  the life of an artist can literally be feast or famine. 
   Below:  Robert and Paul when we  worked at the Cabela's store in  Austin, Texas -2005   

Related blogposts:
Diary of a Traveling Mural Painters Wife 
A Lion, a Zebra, and a Case of Mistaken Identity 

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  1. Those Alaskan murals are amazing! Thanking God with you for His provision.

  2. Thank you for sharing this part of your life Diane! You always have so many interesting things to share. This is beautiful artwork! Kudos to your husband and to you for doing the research.


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