Acrylic paint on Dibond panels 32ft. x 7ft. Installed August 31st, 2017 Starbucks at the corner of Ocean and Water 745 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Best viewed from parking lot behind Starbucks' main entrance
View from the southwest corner of the building
Design sketch for the 32ft. long mural, with the aluminum composite panels resting against my table, waiting to be sanded and primed.
I scanned my shapes into an image program, printed various sizes and morphs, then printed and cut out the shapes, so I could move them around to come up with a rhythmic flow resembling the movement of ocean water.
My finished mock-up. The darker section on the left would be the part of the mural mounted on the west wall of the building. Then, the mural would wrap sharply at the corner to continue on to the south wall for another 24 ft.
To transfer my design from the mock-up to the eight 7ft. x 4ft. panels, I traced my mock-up as a line drawing and used that drawing to order blueprints enlarged at 800%. Then, I transferred the blueprints by pencil onto the panels.
Keeping notes on how I arrived at each color. Also, I stored extra quantities of the final 38 colors in jars labeled with a number, so I could find the right one for touchups, if needed.
Masking off with Friskit and tape using an X-Acto blade gave me the crisp edges I wanted.
The shiny part, here, is the masking material. You can see where I've started to peel off the mask after painting against it.
As a final check, we moved each one around my 20ft. x 23ft. studio in turn, to catch any places where the design didn't match exactly panel-to-panel.
We made rolling easels to truck the panels around. Here, they're at a local finisher for varnishing. We brought them back to cure, then over to Starbucks for installation.
The crew installed the mural perfectly, and handled the finished panels with great care. Once it was up, I got to see the entire mural for the first time.