A journey with one woman as she makes her dreams come true using paints, brushes, and a lot of COLOR.
Monday, April 9, 2012
The Birth of A Tree . . .And A Fort.
A few years ago - I was commissioned by the Salvation Army to create some art work to decorate a new Youth Center that had been built in my city of Portland, Oregon. The piece above, was one of several from the original commission.
About four weeks ago, they contacted me again. This time they wanted a wall mural.
Hmmm . . .let me think about that.
So what are we doing on the mural?
Two of the directors of the Center shared some statistics about the Youth Center.
They serve a large number of at-risk children and youth every day.
These kids struggle with very real issues related to . . .you name it.
They come to this Youth Center after school and in the evenings.
They get homework help.
The make crafts.
They play games.
They get to be with caring individuals rather going home to an empty house after school.
The Youth Center is a safe place.
Therefore, they wanted a symbol of a safe place for kids.
They also teach about the symbolism of a strong tree.
Establish strong roots in your morals and belief system.
Then you can stretch out your branches.
Once you have established your roots and grown and reached high with your branches . . .
you can enjoy the fruits of your hard work.
A great message.
And what offers kids a better safe haven than a tree house!
What follows below is the birth of a tree and tree house . . .
Involved in this project . . . 2 ladders, several paint brushes, over 20 feet of wall space that reached 10 feet high, 586 leaves (yes we counted), about 42 hours of labor over 3 days, and the unselfish support and help of my daughter Cierra and my Mr. Man, Jon.
Could NOT have accomplished this project in the this amount of time with their help.