Monday, November 7, 2011

360 Visual!!

THIS IS SO COOL! Thank you Giovanni Savino and Brian Richards! LINK HERE

Friday, October 28, 2011

Brooklyn Buzz Podcat by Shannon Geis!

What an honor! Thank you for putting this together so beautifully! Click HERE to read the article and listen to the podcast!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A little background...Meet the Pianists

Documentation of a journey into learning how to listen.... For this project, I met with 9 Pianists in New York and drew the distance between their hands as they played Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Each positive line represents one of the pianists. There are Ten lines (one being my line, created by listening to a recording by ear) that make up the landscape of the mural. At each meeting, I set up a space where I could see the pianist's hands and I drew (like a blind contour) onto roll paper. In preparation, I drew staff lines on the paper so that the lines could show how they moved up and down along the keys.
Each meeting started with a presentation of my work and the journey that lead me into their homes and studios. I then listened to the stories of these musicians journey's. I am so grateful to have been given a chance to work with such talented and spirited individuals. I hope that our collaboration continues.
The Moonlight drawings were photographed and uploaded into Illustrator where I colored them and converted them into one continuous line. I then layered the lines to create the composition and added the negative space between the lines. The image was printed on 20 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11" paper. On the 130' wall, we measured out 20 sections and made 12" horizontal separations. I then divided each section (about 6 1/2') into 4 and began the upscale of the lines. It was a surprising feeling to have a free intuition to the way the lines flowed...I know these lines!
Some of the pianist came out to paint their line on the mural. I loved this full circle journey!
Melina Faylor
Isaac Wynn

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011: THE FINAL COAT

On my 35th Birthday, 32 High School Students gave me the best Birthday present ever. We set the final image of the mural in with a Polyurethane glossy top coat that was applied only to the 10 lines of the Moonlight Sonata. The negative space between those lines were left flat, creating a push-pack to those spaces and some added dimension to the mural's surface. Thank you to Kimmy and the volunteers and to the two angels that live next door that that pushed through to the final moment that ended with a big cheer! And many many thanks to Ms. Gretchen who was right there the whole time with her perfection and ease.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

TUESDAY, September 27th, 2011

We got ALL the paint on the WALL! Now it's detail and finishing time! It is so awesome to see all the spaces filled! Thank you to Mark, Cam and JonJohn for their fresh eyes and great spirit!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Thank you to Molly at NurtureArt Gallery for hooking us up with Program coordinator Mat came with 8 awesome high school students to work on the mural Saturday Morning. They did a great job and it was so nice to work with them! Also on the scene to help were my good friends Dan, Selena and Kiki and Fernando!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Thank you Ms. Capalbo for bringing your students out to work on the mural today! They were a BIG help and it was so much fun!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

The Morning Crew
Gretchen: Project Safety
Towards the end of the first painting day. It's moving fast!
"That's a lot of paint" It's a big-ass wall!


Do you have a permit for that?

The time is now. After almost a year of prep and planning for this project with Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project's Director of Community Development Meredith, we have everything in place. We got the grant from NEA, The STATE Department of Transportation allowed us the use of the wall, we insured the State and City of New York (and every person that volunteers to help paint), we let the public know though Community Board meetings, blogs, email and social media. I was able to hire the most talented and competent right-hand-gal Gretchen: a woman that thinks about safety! We had an abnormally FANTASTIC experience at Home Depot where smiles were granted along with 17 gallons of hand mixed paint and baskets of supplies. So here we are at the wall. A dirty and scary place under the BQE. I am so happy my Project Safety girl threw in the gloves, face masks and safety glasses. We needed all this and more to clean up the space and make it workable for our project. This is where we will be spending the rest of our waking hours until it's finished. We scraped and primed, picked up 2 bags of trash and carefully moved someone's temporary house. twice. it's a good spot if you have no where else to go. Sorry man, we hope you will like the wallpaper once we are finished. Two little ladies and a big ass wall. 130 feet. LET'S DO IT. SIRENS. Three cops forcefully exit the car and walk with purpose towards us. There is no innocent until proven guilty. It's guilty until they decide to listen. "I HAVE A PERMIT!" Uh, no, i don't have it with me, but i have one. Not enough. I stuttered though scrambles of names, phone calls, emails, and really tiny print to see the printed number. The soften their shoulders and realized this is legit. YES I DO. with the amount of BS bureaucracy and money to get this OK'd I am proud or that piece of paper. This in from Meredith: "The precinct called this morning, and they said they printed color flyers for the officers so that they’ll be aware now. They also said they really liked the rendering!" HA! I'll make an artist out of each and everyone of them! The undercovers showed up yesterday. We were just up-scaling the image on the wall. They believed me when I told them I had a permit.