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.
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.
The sculpture in the photo below, titled “First Love”, was created by artist Carol Cunningham. I happened to notice it as I was walking back from taking photos of the fountain. I didn’t much like the photos I got of the fountain, but I do like this photo of Carol’s sculpture.
Acrylic done in the first 2012 summer painting class. The model that came in that day was named Ivy, and was in costume as a ’60s hippy girl. My father inquired whether I had given this a title yet; since I haven’t thought of anything better, it is called hippy girl. All in all, the painting is kind of scrubby. It isn’t perfect, but still satisfactory, given that it’s my first go at painting people. Two other paintings were completed during the first five-day class.
The Aarchway Inn has two nice murals too, but they’re quite a lot more tranquil than a scene of a giant spider chasing a pack of mountain bikers.
With the right optics, you can sort of see these murals all the way from the Moab Rim. This shot, below, was taken with my NEX-7 with the lens all the way out at 200mm. I had to crop it a lot too to get a photo of the motel. That busy highway in this photo is US 191. The area behind the hotel is pretty nice though. There’s an exercise area, a cabana with grill, and some flowerbeds. If you look closely, you can see two murals on the back walls of the north and south wings of the motel.
Here’s the mural on the northernmost wall:
This is the mural on the wall to the south:
A few of the flowers not far from these murals:
Poison Spider Bicycles, in Moab, Utah, has a great mural painted on the side of one of their walls. My daughter used to be scared of the spider when she was little, but enjoyed looking at the scene anyway. My son, of course, was delighted that his sister was scared of the spider, but he enjoyed looking at the mural too. They would sit outside and look at the mural while daddy was in the shop looking around.
I got a photo of the mural this year just as we were leaving town to go home…
This crop shows the interesting part of the scene:
The artist is Terry Klaaren.