Friday, July 25, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Painting Flowers

What the mural looked like at the beginning of today, July 24.

The crew had yet another productive day today - despite a short donut break (donuts kindly supplied by Janet)!

Five of the six flowers in the mural have been finished...

Flowers that artists Caitlyn, Sedra, and Katy worked on.

Flower that Emily worked on.

Flowers that Brianna and Julia worked on.

Gregg's son Oscar also paid a visit...

Caitlin helping Oscar paint.

The right side of the mural is still the least finished part, but it is definitely making progress.

Julia and Alan working on the paisley design on the right side of the mural.

A closer view of the paisley design.

Alan says that even though he's currently working on the paisley design, his favorite part of the mural is "the Islamic textile pattern in blue on the left side".

Abi and Brianna were also working on the right side of the mural with Alan and Julia. Abi says that her favorite part of the mural is not a specific design or cultural textile, but rather "the variety of shades and colors". Alan, Abi and Brianna all do pencil drawings in their free time.

Abi working on a pattern on the lower right side of the mural. She is sitting under the scaffolding.

The mural crew is well on their way to filling in all the blank spaces in the mural.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Work Continues

Many of the student artists in the crew were out for various reasons today (July 22), but the productivity continued!

Student artist Julia says she "just finished one of the flowers"...

The flower that Julia recently finished working on.

...and says that the overall process of painting the mural is "going fast and smoothly", even though "the weather is terrible" (referring to the heat and humidity). Nevertheless, today was "a good day".

Aaseia says that she "worked on the dragon" part today...

The dragon on the left part of the mural, which Aaseia worked on.

...and says of the process that "the amount of layers we have to put on is frustrating." When first putting color into the mural, the students have to leave the grid lines, numbers and letters in (to keep the guideline for the design), and then need to put on a second coat of paint to cover them. Depending on the transparency or lightness of the color, the students may have to put on 3 or more coats of paint.

Student artists Aaseia, Alan and Julia working on the right side of the mural. This side includes a large paisley design.

The full mural as of July 22, 2014.

More updates including input from the artists are coming soon!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Latest Progress

We had three birthdays in our crew this week! The parents of one of the students kindly brought in food to celebrate.

Many others also attended, including people from the organizations that have supported both this mural project and the one from last year.

Donna Calleja, an art teacher from the high school who recruited all of the students involved in the mural, also attended.

A group photo including most of the student artists, and the others who visited the mural on July 17.

Despite the long lunch break, the artists continued to fill in more and more of the design today.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Rain Delay

Unfortunately, the students could not work on July 16 because of rain. They arrived at 8:30, began to work, and almost immediately had to pack everything up again.

Of course, (given the weather improves) they will continue tomorrow.

However, the crew did make more progress yesterday:

The mural as of July 15.

Compare to this:

The mural as of July 14.

You can see that the crew has added more color on the left side of the mural since July 14.

FREE Kids Bike Helmets Thursday July 17: Watertown Farmers Market 3pm to 7pm

Come visit the Watertown Bike and Pedestrian Committee at the Watertown Farmers Market at Arsenal at the Charles on Thursday July 17, 2014 from 3pm to 7pm. We will be giving away FREE bicycle helmets for kids. Helmets have been donated by Breakstone White & Gluck.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Help Support Cycletracks on Comm Ave

This week the Bike Union, BU Bikes, Livable Streets Alliance and other groups are asking for your support for cycletracks on Comm Ave, starting with a joint Bike Union-BU Bikes petition drive today (Tuesday July 15), a Livable Streets postcard drive Wednesday and an online petition you can send to to your friends now.

For more information, click here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Watertown Mural 2014: Almost Halfway Done !

The mural as of July 14, 2014.

According to supervisor Gregg, the mural is "almost halfway done"!

Considering that, even though they are starting their third week, the crew has only had 9 total days to work, this is quite an accomplishment.

The crew is still mainly working on completing the left side before starting on the right, aside from a few students who chose to begin working on the warmer colors in the middle of the mural. Much of the base coats of paint have already been applied, and some students are even starting to work on the smaller details.

The crew working on the mural on Friday, July 11.

Unfortunately, the upcoming days may be rainy, making it impossible for the students to work. However, if it only rains for an hour or two in the beginning of the day, the crew may be able to work after a short delay.