Friday, August 16, 2013

Getting close

First, I had to make my own reproduction of Dan's mechanical fish sub to scale:
Then I attached it and my own fish to the tank and ran wires for the lights..

I still have paint to put on the little sub that's about to be eaten...and some blacklight paint, too... but we're getting close!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Miles of Fish

I've been very busy these last few weeks.  For one, I've recently completed a couple murals.  Secondly, I've had some signs to complete for The Rock Island Trail to mark the miles.

I finished all 52 and also pre-drilled holes for mounting them to posts. They are pvc, including the red portion.  They should last a very long time.

I've also done some work on my fish while waiting for the Blacklight LEDs to show up. I have some mounting work to do no the fish, but I did a test-

If you notice, I've modified the fish.  My friend Michael Clark indicated that it would look more mean if his mouth was open if to chomp on Dan's little sub.  I agreed.  Cutting him up to make the change was a risk, but well worth it.  I need to do some paint repair on him, and a little magic sculpt work, then I'll begin painting the black light paints.  Just a bit more to do on the front of the sign as well.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Waukesha Mural

Last week, I spent several days in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  I was there with Scott Lindley and Adam Scholljegerdes  to paint a mural. The town has been working hard to improve tourism and promote a connection to Les Paul.  The mural themes all focused in some way on music and/or guitars.  Scott came up with the idea of promoting the common man through construction.  His idea was to show the idea of "Building Guitartown" and a large guitar being hoisted up by construction workers.  Below it would say "Rock Solid".  

We began this project by laying out the location of several aluminum poles, and then attaching them to the wall. Once they were up, we mounted panels.  Then, the paint began. My friend Adam always looks the most happy when he has a brush in his hand.

My friend Scott uses his charm to win over a local.  It turns out she can identify her ear, her nose and knows how to give a high five.  She also likes to paint.  

The mayor of Waukesha stopped by to put a little paint on the wall.  We decided on a unique signature for ourselves.

On the wall next to us, our friend Chris Shuster was working on some lettering.

I left the town feeling good about seeing so many of my Walldog friends so soon after the Kewanee event, and leaving something behind that brought smiles to everyone that came by to watch.