132 North E Street, Exeter, California – painted in 2009

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To-scale model paintings of the mural (called “maquettes”) were painted and approved before the mural began.

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The mural was projected onto the wall at night and traced with magic markers by many tall volunteers.

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The first thing I chose to paint was this depiction of the old Mineral King store. It didn’t require a ladder or scaffolding and was close to the sidewalk, so passers-by could get a taste of what was coming.

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This scaffolding was like the world’s largest and most obstinate shopping cart. It was necessary in order to reach the sky but didn’t work at the far end. That require a forklift!

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Ashley was one of the many welcome helpers.

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After the sky, I began the mountains. The larger patches of color below were undercoats, applied by friends who wanted to help. We established a paint-by-number system that allowed helps to paint with confidence.

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Eventually I gave up on the scaffolding and used my generous friend’s truck as a painting platform.

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One of the most fun parts was deciding what to hide. There are 12 items hidden in this mural. Do you see the running girl here?

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110 feet long, 13 feet high (begun about 4 feet off the ground), 52 days of painting, DONE!