Picasso: Spirit of the West Mural
The mural of Picasso, the gorgeous mustang of northwestern Colorado, is complete!
My signature went on Friday afternoon.
We've been taking a time-lapse video of this piece because it is of such high interest to the local community, as well as to the online groups who follow the wild horses, and who have loved the mustang known as "Picasso" for years.
It is so fitting that he would be memorialized in Golden, Colorado.
Many thanks to the city of Golden and Todd and August Miller (the owners of the building) for making this amazing mural possible. And huge thanks to Scott Wilson, of WilsonAxpePhotography for the use of his incredible photo capture of Picasso. We have also released a video time-lapse of the mural coming together.
On the cold days, when I couldn't work on the mural (paint adhesion is not prime during temperatures below 50 degrees), I worked on a few images that I could do swiftly in a short video time lapse. One of these was "Mesmerized", shown above. A tiger's stare. Animals are one of my favorite things to paint, and this predator's brilliant fur was purrrrfect for brightening up the chilly autumn day.
The following day, I worked on "Drifter", a lone wolf in the snow. There are few things so lovely as the majestic wolves of North America.
Both images will be posted soon to my Gallery page. And time lapses will be shared as soon as they are edited. It's fun to see the art come together, even if not exactly in real time.
And a post about the completed Picasso mural will be coming soon! Yay!
Picasso: Spirit of the West
Recently, I had the pleasure of connecting with an incredibly gifted Denver photographer by the name of Scott Wilson. Scott has captured many amazing photos of the iconic Colorado mustang, Picasso. You've probably seen his work before, but if not, let me direct you to his website, wilsonaxpe.com. There you will find many inspiring images, including the picture that I am using for my painting above, called "Picasso: Spirit of the West".
Not only was I given permission by Scott to paint this beautiful image of one of Colorado's most well-known Sand Wash Basin mustangs, but I also get to recreate it as a mural along the main street of Golden, Colorado. This work will begin this month! I'm so excited. And to bring the incredible horse alive, I thought it would be neat to have him appear as though he is leaping out of the image from the building. Something like this:
So stay tuned, because this work begins next week. And if you're driving past on Washington Street as I work on it, feel free to honk and I'll wave back to say "Hi".
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