This is the other shop window that I painted earlier in the fall. It’s three panels, and took three afternoons.
Recently, the high school Art Club, of which I am a member, (and presumably the middle school one as well) was asked by some business owners in the town center to paint store windows. The guidelines for the designs were very simple. They wanted something that was cheery and Christmas-themed. I would normally say that it was simply to be winter-holiday-themed, but this is Arizona. Let’s not kid ourselves. We’ve just about finished the project now, and I suppose we’ve done about ten designs, some of which span multiple windows. I only personally painted two designs, though there are several other designs I made that were used. The painting below was designed and executed by me, I’m happy to say. I’m pleased with the outcome, given that I was taken by surprise by the streaky and rather trying nature of the paint we used.
The top image is the initial design.
I’ll take a picture sometime of the second painting I did, which was also a three-panel deal, but took considerably more effort. Both, however, involve circles, which honestly take up most of the time; the second most laborious task is probably going over the colored parts in layers to make it less streaky. I was usually spared this, since other people would usually come to fill it all in for me. Planning it all out is important, and was my first task; uneven circles that are obviously not purposefully uneven can really ruin the aesthetic.
I returned the following evening and reshot the scene using a 10-18mm lens. It turned out that I used the same focal length as the previous night, 16mm, the difference being that there was more wind on the night of the second photo; the Fountain did not shoot as high allowing me to get it all in without having to go to a shorter focal length.
Artist Dan Snarr created this sculpture depicting Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth president of the United States. Titled Roosevelt – The Conservationist, this sculpture was donated in 2008 by The Arizona-Dakota Connection and many others; see additional photo below for the complete list of donors.