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Mural Design for University of New Mexico in Albuquerque

Mural Design for University of New Mexico in Albuquerque

This post continues the line of posts of my design projects that weren’t realized. UNM Mural Design was created in June 2017. I was among three finalists chosen in a national call for this project. Though my design wasn’t chosen it was an interesting project to participate in. I learned a lot about the history of Albuquerque, New Mexico, The American South West during the research for this mural design. The left side of the design represents the nature, history and culture of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the establishment of Albuquerque and the University. The center of the design is a combination of symbolic signs. The ancient Zia sun symbol, that is on the New Mexican flag and on New Mexico’s state quarter, like the sun, shines through the whole composition of the mural. The globally known symbol of Albuquerque – the colorful hot air balloons, beautiful and unique adobe architecture, the Sandia Mountains, the state flower of NM: the Yucca, the mascot of the University of New Mexico: the Lobo and a book, as a symbol of knowledge create a dynamic center and unite all the themes of the mural together. The right side of the mural tells us more about the faculties of the University, the main symbols of the University of New Mexico, elements of science and education as a whole. I learned a lot about the University of New Mexico, it’s history, faculties and traditions. A mockup of a building with a mural design. If you would like to read more about the design of this mural, please download this file: Design Description June 2017/ Albuquerque, NM ART...
Graffiti Vandalism of my Mural “Viva Colorado” on Alameda and Santa Fe drive in Denver CO

Graffiti Vandalism of my Mural “Viva Colorado” on Alameda and Santa Fe drive in Denver CO

Graffiti Vandalism of my Mural “Viva Colorado” happened twice already after the mural was finished. The mural was created in September-October 2016 on Alameda and Santa Fe drive in Denver CO. To see the pictures of finished mural visit this page> Because of the large size of the mural and low budgets of the Denver public art program the city didn’t cover the mural with a costly anti-graffiti coating. The very public location of the mural, on the intersection of busy streets with lots of daily traffic and visitors to the site, unfortunately, attracts taggers and vandals. It was vandalized twice within a little more than a year of the mural existence. The first one was written right in the very center of the wall, on the face of a  Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. A day later, after the tagging appeared my husband and I rushed to fix it to prevent more tagging and graffiti from appearing. And a day later the mural was like new again: The second tag appeared on the covered wagon with the first settlers. And as with first vandalism, it was fixed as promptly as possible. The Police never found the taggers even though they have a very good system of anti-graffiti actions. To see the pictures of creation of the mural visit this blog...
Beer Mural Design for a Pub Area in a Marketplace

Beer Mural Design for a Pub Area in a Marketplace

I created a design for a mural for a beer hall in the marketplace in Aurora, CO. The idea for the mural was to be very subtle in color and tone with just some barely noticeable tonal nuances. That is why in the design for this beer mural I used a lot of metallic paint: copper, silver, a variation of golden and reflective graphite paints, which are representative of brewing equipment. So when you look at the wall from different angles you can see various details, that would be unnoticeable from other sides. The wall for this mural was situated in the beer hall of a marketplace. On the mockups, the wall is shown with a textured design. Unfortunately, the mural was never realized. The marketplace for which the mural design was created was opened in 2016. The ground mural that I created in August – September of 2016 was completed during the time of its construction and was dedicated to its opening. ___________________  Colorado/...
Mural Design Project for Elizabeth Hotel, Fort Collins

Mural Design Project for Elizabeth Hotel, Fort Collins

2017 wasn’t a very fruitful year for me in the number of realized mural projects. But I applied and created many mural designs that weren’t created for different reasons. One of them is the mural design for the newly constructed Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was a call for three murals 7′ x 35′ that were supposed to be painted on the exterior facade of the hotel’s entrance. After doing thorough research about the name of the hotel, the history of Fort Collins and surrounding area, I came up with the designs for two mural panels. The first one presents a figure of Elizabeth Hickok Robbins Stone, also named Auntie Stone. She was an American pioneer woman who played a vital role in the establishment of Fort Collins.       Also, the hotel itself is carrying her name. The circle around her head represents the Colorado sun. Behind her shoulders are the houses and buildings of her beloved Fort Collins. To the left of the woman is her wooden cabin, named “Auntie” Stone’s cabin, the only remaining building associated with Collins Camp. Another important part of Colorado for visitors to be acquainted with are the Rocky Mountains that are depicted in the background. With both mural designs, I decided to bring more nature into the city environment. That is why there are many trees, intricate branches and plant elements and skies. The main figure of the second mural design is a Buffalo –a  symbol of the American West. The figure of the buffalo pays a tribute to this gorgeous animal who just about 500 years ago were freely roaming on the territory...
The Creation of an Interior Mural for a Swimming Pool

The Creation of an Interior Mural for a Swimming Pool

The Interior mural for Lakewood Link Recreation Center Swimming pool was created spring 2017. The wall art was painted with high-build epoxy based paint. This material tenaciously adheres to the substrate to resist moisture, abrasion, chemical attack and extreme temperatures.     Tha mural was painted by me, with my husband, Nick Angelo. The first day two ladies from the Lakewood volunteer group were learning the techniques of mural painting. The Rocky Mountains and bright sun were the centerpieces of the mural. The view of the mural from the center floor, where the entrance into the water slide is located. We’re enjoying the finished mural.    The wall before and after the mural. To see pictures of the finished mural, all the details and the design, please visit project’s page > ___________________ 2017 / Lakewood,...
Sidewalk Chalk Art for the 7/20 Memorial Foundation Fundraiser in Aurora, CO

Sidewalk Chalk Art for the 7/20 Memorial Foundation Fundraiser in Aurora, CO

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, I participated among 14 featured artists to create sidewalk chalk art at the 7/20 Memorial Foundation’s “Reflection Garden on Tap: 5K and Beer Fest”. This event was a fundraiser for the permanent memorial that has been commissioned to honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of the Aurora Theater Shooting. The chalk art festival was located at the site where the memorial will be built. The location: Aurora Xeriscape Garden – north west corner of Alameda Parkway and Chambers Road.     Each artist was given 3’ x 3’ square and chalk to draw a flower from the list of plants that are grown at the Reflection Gardens. I chose to chalk an Iris (Iris x germanica, Bearded Iris), as it’s one of my favorite flowers. I drew it among other plants and flowers in my other mural projects > Nick Angelo and I, helped me to draw, and started work on our piece the night before. There was no shade and to escape hot August sun we did most of the work under the street light on Friday night.    ____  Night chalking. The next morning I did some final lines and details.  After we took the tape off the drawing looked finished. Here are some pictures of the chalk flowers and plants of other artists, participating in the fundraiser. Alex and Kristen drawing the Veronica liwanensis flower. Hesperaloe parviflora (Texas Red Yucca) by Michael & Betsy Keyes. This drawing of Amsonia jonesii (Jones’ Bluestar) by Tina and Jason Martinez won the People’s Choice!  A photo of the award: And our chalk drawing of Bearded Iris won the Artist Award – which was presented by...
Farmers Market Mural Painting

Farmers Market Mural Painting

The mural was painted for the 40 West Farmers Market. The size is 20′ X 7′.  The new market opened in the summer of 2016. Their big blue metal shipping container needed some art for the promotion of the market and to beautify the Lamar Plaza, where it is located, on West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, CO The goal for the design of the mural was to acquaint the viewer with the history of Lakewood’s agriculture. It shows what fruits and vegetables grow here and what they can anticipate getting at the farmers market. Due to the prominent relief of the container, I decided to keep the design simple, with bold elements and without too many intricate lines and details. Fields with pasturing cows, a wind mill, farm houses and buildings, fruit trees – all this used to be the main part of a landscape of Lakewood, just about 50 years ago.   Nick Angelo painting the columbine flowers.   Watermelons, peaches, chili peppers, and tomatoes are some of the most popular vegetables and fruits that are grown here, in Colorado today. The Farmers market mural painting process. Blue Columbine Flowers The mural was created in May 2017. Materials: Metal Primer, Acrylic Exterior Paint, and Protective clear coat. _____________________ To see the project page, please click...
“The Four Graces”, the Creation and Installation of a Four Piece Mural

“The Four Graces”, the Creation and Installation of a Four Piece Mural

The installation of the “Fall” panel. The mural project “The Four Graces” was created during November – December 2016. The pictures were painted on panels and installed on the wall of the underpass of Highway Six and Garrison street. The “Winter” panel. Installation of the panel.   The fall season is representing the agricultural past of Lakewood.     The “Summer” panel The installation of the “Spring” panel. The panels for the murals were made from Aluminum Composite Sheets that are usually used in the advertising field. The size of each panel was 10′ by 5′ so I had the pleasure to paint them in my home studio. The process of painting the “Summer” panel. The creation of the “Spring” panel. The “Winter” panel, the process of creation. To see pictures of the finished and installed murals visit it’s project page or click here> The first designs for the mural project.         The second and final designs for the mural. To see and read more about the theme and elements of the design, please visit this page > ______________________________ November December 2016 / Lakewood,...
Mural Project “The Four Graces” for the Garrison Street Underpass in Lakewood

Mural Project “The Four Graces” for the Garrison Street Underpass in Lakewood

My last mural project in 2016 is in progress! It is a four piece mural for the city of Lakewood, Colorado, the place I now call home. The mural will be installed in niches of the Garrison street and Highway 6 underpass in the end of December. This was the original design for the project. The four piece mural represents the four seasons of the year with four women of different ethnicities. Mock up of a mural on location. The spring season is shown with a Caucasian woman. Found here are the state bird: Lark Bunting with a nest, bicyclists, a flock of birds returning home, the Black Eyed Susan Flowers, a native Colorado wildflower and bees. The blooming summer is featuring a face of a Hispanic woman in a shape of the sun, inspired by traditional Mexican wall art. This piece introduces many summer activities: kayaking, bicycling, cars and trailer camping. There are few historic eateries of Lakewood here: Casa Bonita and Davie’s Chuck Wagon diner and lots of flowers including  the state flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine. The fall season is shown with an African-American woman. This piece acquaints us with the agricultural history of Lakewood, its farms, cottages, crops and harvests. Winter season is featuring a Native American woman from The Cheyenne tribe in traditional clothing. Also, this piece includes the Western line of the light rail, a train system that connects Denver metro area, the Rocky Mountains and it’s winter attractions: skiing, snowbording and horseback riding. The underpass with a mock-up of a mural. Garrison street and Highway 6 underpass now, without a mural. ___________________________ Come back in the end of December 2016 to see the finished mural and pictures of the...
The creation of the mural “Viva Colorado”

The creation of the mural “Viva Colorado”

“Viva Colorado” is my first mural in the city of Denver. It was created during three weeks in September – October of 2016. Mural was created by Yulia Avgustinovich, Nick Angelo and the help of Josh Williams. You can see the pictures of the finished mural here> The design of the mural and it’s theme you can see here> __________________________ September-October 2016/ Denver CO...
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