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Underpass Mural Painting Process in Longmont, CO

Underpass Mural Painting Process in Longmont, CO

October 2018 gave me two weeks of nice weather to work on an underpass mural. A busy bike pass and pedestrian tunnel under Hover street in Longmont, CO. The project was a part of the City of Longmont’s and the Police departments graffiti prevention program. While painting the mural a lot of people thanked me hugely for making the tunnel nicer and safer. The mural was covered with an anti-graffiti coating, cameras and lights fixtures were installed to prevent future vandalism.   The design for this mural was chosen by the art committee consisting of the city art panel, community members and activists. To read more about the design of the mural and see the close-up pictures of the design please visit my previous blog post > An osprey, a common bird to see in the sky above Longmont. My daughter Aleksandra and I in the background of a briar rose. Lots of flowers, realistic and abstract, are here to represent growth and development. Water flowers, birds, fish, and underwater views represent the richness of Longmont’s nature and abundance of lakes and bodies of water. My husband, Nick Angelo, as always, was helping me in painting the underpass mural. Cute historic buildings, reminding us of Longmont’s past as a Chicago colony. The city started as an agricultural community. A man with a basket of fruits on the mural is representing the agricultural history of the city. The ring-necked pheasant, a native bird of Colorado. To see the pictures of the finished mural please visit the project’s page > ________________________ October 2018 / Longmont, CO ART BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER! Come join me on this journey I respect your...
A New Tunnel Art in Longmont Colorado is Coming Soon!

A New Tunnel Art in Longmont Colorado is Coming Soon!

Tunnel art at 21st & Hover street underpass in Longmont, CO will be my next exciting project! The underpass is mostly used by bicycle and pedestrian traffic from nearby communities, who are going to McIntosh Lake, Garden Acres park, using the designated “Longmont (bicycle) Loop” or accessing the many businesses. Mural Design Longmont is a small city with a growing population that still has a small town feel, honoring the historical roots to the Chicago colony while concurrently embracing the technological advances of modern day society and the opportunities provided. Longmont continues to grow in its representation of diverse cultures. Realistic images are mixed in with stylized, representing the diversity of culture in Longmont. Poppy flowers, osprey, a cyclist on a mountain pass, and historic colonial buildings. Multi Modal colorful design elements resemble a collage or a quilt. The walls inside the underpass will have light and bright colors to brighten up the tunnel and invite people to go through the underpass. North Wall.  The west wing has images of Longmont’s beautiful lakes and nature and our bright Colorado Sun; over the old colonial buildings; Water birds, fish, and flowers all native to Colorado; All across the mural I included flowers and blooming plants as a symbol of growth and inspiration. Also, bears on a tandem bicycle. South Wall. Flowers, plants, an unicyclist with fresh farmed produce, representing the agricultural past of Longmont. Abstract shapes and forms, Floral elements; Lakes, mountains and birds. The Collage style of the design represents the diversity of Longmont’s people and its culture. This is an energetic and rhythmic design; it invites people to continue their...
Ground murals in Lakewood are coming soon!

Ground murals in Lakewood are coming soon!

My next project is starting next week, May 30th, with ground murals for the 40 West Artline in Lakewood, CO. The 40 West ArtLine is an exciting new amenity being developed in the heart of the 40 West Arts Creative District along historic West Colfax Avenue and the W Line in Lakewood, Colorado. I’ll be creating two ground murals and art for a fence for this project. To read more about it and about other art that is being created for the Artline visit their website >  Mountair Park ground mural “Blooming city”. Mural design was inspired by the agricultural history of Lakewood and the urban farm at the Mountair park. Flowers and plants represent growth and new beginnings that are happening in the city. The mural will be painted in the center of the park, between the baseball field and children playground.   Another mural will be painted in the park near the Lakewood’s DMV, right next to Aviation Park. The mural “Movement” will be painted on the sidewalk along the north side of 17th Ave., between Pierce and Reed streets. Dynamic lines and elements of transportation in the mural are inspired by the proximity of the DMV and Aviation Park. Bright colors and cheerful atmosphere are welcoming changes and represent hope for the future. ____ It will be my second experience painting ground murals. The first was a very successful mural created in 2016 in Aurora, CO. A massive two street block mural was painted during two weekends with the help of more than 350 volunteers. You can see and read more about this project here and here > ____ Come back soon to see the process of the painting of the ground murals and the...
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,...
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/...
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