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Equine Art Creation for Colorado State University

Equine Art Creation for Colorado State University

The equine art project was my first mural of 2018. It was created in the beginning of April for the Equine Sciences Center of CSU in Fort Collins, CO. The mural is a collage of all of the programs and activities of the center: Veterinary medicine, orthopedics, nutrition, training and riding, judging, packing and outfitting, reproduction, genetics, equine-assisted activities, and therapies. Polo Roping It took my husband, Nick and I almost two weeks to finish. We met some really nice people, one of them, instructor, John Snyder. The process of mural creation. To see pictures and all the details of the finished mural go to the project page > Fort Collins, CO / 2018 ART BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER! Come join me on this journey I respect your...
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,...
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...
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