A few months ago, I participated in the mural project at Ground Floor Farm, an urban farm right in the heart of my hometown of Stuart, Florida. The project brought artists from near and far to paint sections of the wooden fence surrounding the farm--creating an engaging and exciting series of murals in every style imaginable around the farm's perimeter!
Upon receiving news that I was chosen to participate, I immediately began brainstorming ideas--I wanted to make my little piece of downtown into some sort of tribute to the place where I have so many memories of growing up! After going back and forth between a few ideas, I settled on an old-school postcard design--a greetings from Stuart mural! I love finding locally-focused murals and public art when I travel, so it was fun to create something that people can pose with for photos for years to come.
As I had never painted a mural before, I did a good deal of measuring, rendering, gridding, and triple checking before slapping any paint on the fence--thank you, interior design school. The whole mural took two long long days to complete (with a few taco breaks, friend visits, margaritas and a serious sunburn)--and I'm so happy with the result!
I was most excited to be able to incorporate little nuances and tributes to my favorite places in Stuart--the House of Refuge (one of my favorite places on earth!), the Stuart Feed Store, the Riverwalk, Lyric Theatre, and others! All of these places are as near and dear to my heart now as they were when I was just a kid!
I hope you have a chance to stop by the farm and see all the incredible work from all the artists!