This week I had the thrill of becoming a “street artist”. Alison Shull Art is now on The Ithaca Commons on an outdoor mural 4’x8′ covering panel #182/300. I took up the challenge to paint this entirely using exterior house paint and just three standard house paint brushes. The city put up these panels to screen the renovation of our downtown pedestrian mall, “The Ithaca Commons”, and invited artists, businesses and local community groups to convert each bare panel into a work of art. The panels will be up until the construction finished (estimated to be ~1 year).
If you’re in town, come by and check out the entertaining variety of images. You can even make temporary art yourself on the panel next to mine which, along with a generous, but secretive painter, I’ve helped cover with blackboard paint. And this generous mystery painter has supplied chalk for you to draw with. Take a break from all those Ithaca Festival festivities and let your inner artist out!
Photos below are of the mural on the way to completion with just a few of the many spectators who took time to stop, look & chat while I was painting. All the questions/comments and compliments about the art were great to hear. The award for the “Most Creative Question” goes to the three(!) different people who each asked if I used the bottoms of glass bottles to make the circular shapes (one specifically asked if I used beer bottle bottoms). Nope, just a brush and the motion of my wrist. But maybe I should give that technique a try… got to get to work on emptying a few bottles.
It was a pleasure meeting and painting along side the other artist (also an “Alison”) who you can see in a few of these photos. If you’re in Ithaca I hope you get out, take a stroll and enjoy all the art. Don’t forget to stop by that chalkboard panel and let your own inner artist out!
This weekend Alison Shull is an artist soaking in more inspiration for more art from the Ithaca Festival. Watch what inspired her last year here , visit her on-line gallery here , and check out her on going art events & exhibits here.