Thursday, May 21, 2009

The sign that just didn't want to be completed.

I should start backwards. On Friday, I finally finished the sign. I had the eyes to do. They can be tricky. One false move and you have a crocodile that looks crazed or has that lazy eye look. But, I was successful. I got it completed and 20 minutes later my sister called to inform me that it would be baby day. Baby day means two additional children at my home. Makes me glad that I spent 6 + hours painting on the sign on Thursday. With 3 children (bless you with more than one child) my attention could not possibly be on the sign.

So what was I working with? Here's my paint work from last year: It took 5 - 6 layers of Kilz to cover last years paint job. As you can see, it is a big sign. Last year I needed to re-do the whole thing. At least I had the presence of mind to do a uniform lettering that would only need the date changed. (I adopted the sign painting last year and wanted to start with a clean slate.) I was also working with rather inferior, cheap craft paint that I obtained from the Wal, so I did the best that I could with what I had. (Budget is tight and wasn't going to go to re-buy.) Hubs and I got the sign hauled out Friday evening. Boy that sucker is heavy! We needed to haul it up from the Fellowship Hall, which is the basement under the sanctuary. Should I also add that it is a T-shaped stairway? Ah, such fun. Hubs lifts weights, though so all I had to do was push and guide. He did the actual haul for me. (Thanks, honey.)

Last year was my final year of directing. I've retired. As I know that I've been approached to take directing again, I'd rather just stick with the painting and gophering.

Now you've seen the sign that you've heard so much about. It isn't a work of art, but it will certainly take us where we need to go.


Rach said...

Let me tell ya, from an artistically challenged person's point of view, that sign is indeed a work of art! I can also see why it took FOREVER to do. You put in so many AMAZING details, things *I* would not have thought to do, that's for sure.

You did an EXCELLENT job! :o)

Jamie said...

Whoa, I am really impressed! That is some awesome detail and it turned out GREAT!

Last year's looks pretty good, too.

I'll stick to abstract art because that is all I can do. LOL