I recently finished a wall in Waco for the Cultural Arts Festival that started last weekend. The wall was the hardest wall I have ever painted in that the surface was nowhere near smooth. I would have to use rollers and then come back with a brush on each section stabbing paint into the deeper spots. However this wall taught me alot about my process and just about art in general. There was no real set plan as to what was going to be painted on the wall just a few months of collecting paint when I saw a color I liked. When I started painting I realized it was not me painting a wall it was the wall allowing me to paint it. Some things were possible and some things where not, and also somethings that would not have worked on a regular wall worked on this one. I had a bit of a breakdown on the first hour of the first day during this revelation. Then I considered my options and there were none except to keep going. Keeping going would mean I just had to do what I always do and thats paint. So i began “painting” and decision making and during this conscious and sub-conscious episode of painting I would also stop and have interactions and conversations with people curious about what I was painting. In my work I believe my sub-conscious is one of my greatest tools, so each interaction with a person before a decisions affects the decisions made on the wall. So each person who would stop and ask me what I was painting became part of what I was painting. It was a festival about culture and arts in Waco and I could not be more satisfied with the end result of the wall, it became something more than I could have imagined. It became a visual conversation from all the people I had interaction with who were interested in art. Thank you to everyone who contributed in making this wall.
Photo By Derek Byrne