Last weekend at the "Lillegard; Arts, Faith and Social Justice" music and arts festival, Dylan and I performed at "TENTENTEN: Under the Stars". Ten different artists have the stage for ten minutes, performing, talking, and presenting their various art disciplines in front of a large audience.
As Tandem Studios, we decided to show the audience how we start and finish our murals. We prepared a 6.5' x 8' canvas and began our drawing on the outdoor stage with wide tip permanent markers. Then, as quickly as humanly possible, we started to fill in large block colors. Ten minutes flies by a LOT faster than you might think! Before we were getting ready to put on a third color, our time was up!
The following day, we set up on the grass in the middle of the working artist tents, and recommenced our work on the mural. We filled in spots that we missed, and started honing in on details and blending.
We chose this image of two Javanese girls who are sheltering themselves from monsoon rains with a rice basket. We found that it conveyed a sense of faith and social justice- the intensity of their gazes and the togetherness that they portrayed, as sisters or friends.
Working together as a duo on our murals is an amazing collaboration in itself, but we took it a step further and opened up the painting palettes to the community. For an hour and a half on Saturday afternoon, we invited the festival goers to "leave their mark" on the painting and try their hand at large scale painting.
For the rest of the afternoon, we worked at finishing the mural. It was completed in under 7 hours. We are excited with the final product, and are ready to start on another!