I have been updating my website over at Martindale Artworks lately and decided to add a category of my mural paintings. This mural was done at our church, Grace Chapel in Leipers Fork, Tennessee. They have one of the most outstanding youth programs I have ever seen in a church.
When construction began on the second phase of the building, Donna from the church staff contacted me about the Junior High room. They were thinking about a surf theme, and wondered what we could do with the enormous wall that would hold the projection screen. I will put the exact length in later, but to give you an idea on size, in order to paint the top section I was nearing the top of the largest step ladder we could find. There are thatched hut roofs on either end, and she asked what we could do to expand on that idea. We came up with surf shops along the beach and the theme was ‘Glide’, which is projected on the screen in the bottom photo.
I had not done anything like this before, and thoroughly enjoyed the process. One of the main issues was the projection screen: it was already mounted and was in a fixed position. How do we incorporate that into the mural? We decided to make it appear as a large sign on the front of one of the shops. I painted this while the building was still under construction, and the crews are always a pleasure to work with. It must have turned out alright as the children in the class absolutely love to come to church to learn how to ‘glide’ with Jesus!