It was a 10 hour day and I felt like I got a lot done, until I looked at the before and after pics and it looks like I barely did anything. Tomorrow is the last day and there are tons of things I'd still like to touch up but can't. There are just a few things I have to do, and after that, I'll feel ok walking away from the mural.
It felt like I got a lot done today. All the action was on the left side of the mural. I gave the cows some grass to munch on and cleaned up a lot of the E and the A. There's still a lot to do and I only have 2 more days.
Today was one of those days where, after 8 hours, it looks like I didn't do much to the mural, which is kinda frustrating. only 3 more days to wrap it up.
I'm back after a short Xmas break to work on the mural. All the action tonight was on the G, the E and everything on the right-hand side. The mural's gotta be done by Friday but I hope I finish sooner.
I was in Elk Grove today hanging out with my cousins and went out for dinner. They surprised me with a slice of cake at the restaurant. After dinner I drove back to San Jose. Tomorrow I go back to work on the Eastridge mural.
I drove to Elk Grove, Galt then Sacramento to visit family. I ate a delicious German dinner, watched Spider-Man: No Way Home in the theater, again, and spent the night at my cousin's house and forgot to write a blog post.
After a month of long days & nights working on the mural I was happy to spend a quiet Christmas Eve sleeping in and watching movies in bed. Tomorrow I'm going out of town for the weekend to visit family before coming back to work on the mural.
I was hoping I would finish the mural today but I did not. 10 hours was not enough time so I'll be coming back after Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and my birthday, to continue working on it, and finish it before New Years.
It was an 11 hour day for me. I mostly did detail work, like lettering, which takes a long time and feels like I didn't make much progress at the end. My friend Lucia came and helped for a few hours. She did some clean up fills. I gave myself one more day to finish. Wish me luck!
Holy shit! A 14 hour mural day! And I had help from my bad-ass artist friend, Elba, during most of it. Her husband and kids came to visit us and her husband, Roberto, another bad-ass artist, painted for a while too. A while after Roberto and the kids left Lucia came to help. We got a hell of lot done today! Only 2 more nights after tonight.
It was a lot of detail work and touch ups in the 6.5 hours I worked tonight so it doesn't look like much happened since yesterday. On Tuesday, Elba is coming to help and we're getting an early start. Lucia will also be joining too. I think, and I hope, we're going get most of it done tomorrow.
After working on the mural 6 days in a row, 7-8 hours a night, I took a much needed day off. I got some rest and checked off some long overdue items from my to-do list. Tomorrow I'm going back to Eastridge and working till Thursday, the day before Xmas eve, to finish the mural. It's the final stretch!
Today at the mural I was visited by a group of Spider-Men! They came dressed up to watch the movie Spider-Man: No Way Home at AMC. They were posing for pictures in front of the theater and I asked them to stand in front of the mural. I even showed them the chunky little Spider-Man I painted.
And going... Elba came and helped me tonight. She did a lot of clean up work and I mostly did outlines. I did a lot of work on the S, T, Lick Observatory, Action Park and a few touch ups on the G & E. The mural has been looking better everyday since help arrived.
Yesterday, my buddy, Marco, came and helped me with the mural. I don't think he has much mural experience but he did a good job painting the Nintendo Switch icon in the letter G and doing a few fills. Tonight my artist friends, Elba and Lucia, both came to lend a hand. Both of them have lots of mural experience so it easy getting them up to speed and painting. With everyone's help these last couple days I'm feeling much better about the mural than I did all of last week. I'm very thankful for their help and suport!
I finally started laying down some black outlines and fills making the icons pop and the piece come to life. I'm enjoying this part the most but it's taking longer than expected. I already asked one friend to come help me this week. I might call up a few more though.
I took a day off from working on the mural today and went on an impromptu hike at Alum Rock Park before sunset. There was a sharp elevation gain after the first mile and I realized right away that I am no longer in hiking shape. It kinda bummed me out since I had been hiking regularly, and kicking ass, for a year before my knee injury in September. My knee feels better now and I hope I can get back to knocking out 10 mile hikes with 2000 feet elevation gain like I did before.
I'm still working on completing the first 1/3 of the mural before moving on. Tonight I added a few details like the McDonalds logo on the fries and Starbucks logo on the coffee cup. I also added new colors to the Gameboy, Wiimote, comics. Home Alone VHS, and Finding Nemo DVD. I also drew in where the cows will go (not pictured), in a small field above Lake Cunningham, at the bottom of the letter E. When I come back I'm gonna color in the airplane then start painting and outlining in black.
Today was my second day working on the mural since the community paint day. I'm feeling a little better about it than I did after the event but not like before. My goal is to finish before Christmas weekend.
I spent 8 hours working on the mural today. So many touch ups to do. I really hope I can be done with it before the end of the year.
Holy shit. I spent the whole day in bed. It started last night. I couldn't sleep and tossed & turned till around 7 in the morning, when I finally was able to pass out. I woke up a few hours later feeling really tired, with a headache, and upset stomach so I slept some more. I woke up feeling the same. Then I went back to bed and repeated the process. It's now 1:00 AM and I feel a tiny bit better but far from 100%. I hope tomorrow is better. I've never felt like this before, if it doesn't go away I might go to the doctor or ER. This sucks!
After feeling heartbroken and depressed all weekend about how the mural at Eastridge ended up after the community paint day I went back to Eastridge to take a look at it with fresh eyes. I woke up feeling better today and thought maybe I'd been too hard on myself after what transpired on Saturday. Or maybe it didn't look as bad as I remembered. Nope. When I walked up to the mural my heart sank. So much of the work I'd done up to this point, ruined. I no longer want credit for it or want my name attached to it. It's no longer a fair representation of my work and I feel like having my name on it will only damage my Frankie Mcfly brand.