The Long Way Home


More Adventures from the Morningside Mural Project
October 18, 2009, 5:55 PM
Filed under: Art Gallery, Pennsylvania, United States | Tags: , , ,

I wish we could say it’s finished. But we’re not sure yet.

Jeff on his 40th birthday

Jeff on his 40th birthday

 

 

This entry was supposed to be the grand-finale blog entry documenting the completion of the Morningside mural. Jeff’s been working on this project since May – from submitting the proposal, to the preliminary designs — meetings with the Morningside community, the final design, and then the painting – two and a half months of painting (with the amazing help of Sarah W.). Finally, he rolled the last coat of clear finish to protect the mural on October 11th, his 40th birthday. It was a little chilly that afternoon, but sunny and we couldn’t have been happier. 

 

the 'final' design

the 'final' design

 

mural detail, houses

mural detail, houses

 

the final step: clear coat

the final step: clear coat

We were both pretty shocked this past Friday when someone from the Morningside community emailed Jeff, telling him that the clear coat on the mural had dripped down the length of it, causing white streaks. Who knew it would be 30 degrees and snow mixed with rain in the middle of October?  The low temperature and rain caused the streaking. Jeff was in such shock that he  had no reaction at all, which really worried me. My stomach dropped and my heart ached for him, thinking of all the hard work he put into that work. His hands were still flecked with mural paint, the greenish-blue embedded under his nails and staining his shoes. This mural had become a big part of him these past few months and to think that he might have to paint it again pretty much makes me want to puke and scream at the same time. 

 

damaged mural detail

damaged mural detail

oh deer: the clear coat didn't have enough time to dry in crap weather

oh deer: the clear coat didn't have enough time to dry in crap weather

We still had a good weekend, despite this setback (flea marketing is always good therapy for us). There is a chance that if the clear coat has a chance to fully dry on Tuesday and Wednesday when it’s sunny and in the 60s, then Jeff won’t have anything to worry about. But if it is damaged, then we start figuring out how to fix this little bitch. Here is a sneak peek of what is beneath the cloudy version:

 

gnome detail

gnome detail

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Pingback by that which comes before gnomes « s. wojdylak

Jeff, How do you think my husband and I felt when I went out to get the paper and they mural was a shadow of itself. We had hoped it wasn’t vandalism, but that was always a possibility, since it happened the night before the big Mural Dedication. We did however think that it might be the weather conditions or bad graffiti paint. As I am looking out my window on a sunny 70 degree day, it is perfect again. What a great job.

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Comment by Corinne Antoszewski

Thanks for your support, both of you!

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Comment by Lisa

Jeff it looks amazing. I hope that some day we can make it down there and see it in person. You have an amazing talent.

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Comment by Ang Frazer

It looks great man, congrats. Keep up the hard work, it will pay off for you. Joshua Lisa calles me Joshie

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