I am blessed to have a job that allows me many opportunities to express my creativity. Having to live in a world wrought with a global pandemic and multiple lockdowns, I had the opportunity to begin painting murals in the church basement where the Sunday School rooms are. I started with the entrance at the bottom of the stairs and plan to continue them throughout the hallway.
It was so much fun creating this Biblical-themed town. The fact that it took four million coats of paint to cover the walls didn’t even bother me. It’s so warm and inviting now when you come down the stairs. Instead of being met by cold, grey, walls, you enter into a colorful world!
Any excuse to paint
Those of you who know me, know that I will take any excuse to paint and express my creativity! Needless to say, I was super excited when I received approval to paint these murals! These are some of the largest paintings I have ever done. Sure I painted some murals in the nursery, but in comparison, those were quite a bit smaller. These murals are floor to ceiling, and some are painted on difficult cement walls! As usual, they don’t look exactly as I’d like them to but I’m still happy. And everyone else who has seen them seems to like them.
Would ladder making be considered carpentry? I don’t know, but I hand-tied multiple ladders made from bamboo for Jacob’s shop. Don’t try to climb them though… they are decoration only!
Variety in difficulty levels
As you can tell from the photos, some of these shops were a little less involved than others. Moses and Aaron decided on a more simplistic look for their law office. However, this simplistic look did detract slightly from the fun factor of painting. It is certainly a lot more fun… and frustrating… to paint something like the Widow’s Oil Shop, or Noah’s Exotic Pets. At the same time, there are days when you just feel like painting a simple blue wall.
My Favorite Painting
If I have to pick one shop that is my favorite, it would probably have to be Jonah’s Fish Fry. This was also the painting that took the longest, and used up a lot of my paints! And, it may only be my favorite because it’s almost all of it is a shade of my favorite teal color.
I’m excited to continue painting down the halls with a park scene… and maybe another shop or two. But first, I need to get some more paint! At least white, you’d be surprised just how much white you use when you’re mixing all of your own colors from red, white, green, blue, yellow, and black paints!
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little trip through our biblical town and the fact that I’m actually writing a post for the first time in like forever! I promise there will be at least one or two more before I disappear again! Ha Ha!