Sunday, August 15, 2010
Slow to promote......
As a followup to the mural story, my wife and I gave a phone interview about the painting of the mural. We were able to meet an editor of the county newspaper during a Friends and Neighbor parade and he took our names down for a later article in their paper. The county paper places the local news of a certain town on the front page of that towns edition and a neighboring town may never see the article. It helps to sell papers as it probably will be the only article about something going on in Woodward and the rest will be the larger town's news.
A very nice college student called and we helped her with the interview process telling of what is involved for two people to paint a mural with a specific historic time. We sent her pictures as they didn't have any and we shared the details of how the depot had been restored the past two years.
My wife and I were asked to help illustrate a book for a local women who had written a book of poetry. It was called I Will Meet my Maker in Bluejeans. I was reminded of the painting that I created for her many years ago and wanted to share it with you. It is a water color that has been painted with thick watercolor on watercolor paper. It was an illustration for one of her poems and I felt I needed to work the paint thicker to get the detail I needed to get the glowing sunset effect.
I was reminded about this all because the local PBS stations are running programs today about Iowa's one room school houses and the salvaging of the barns in the state of Iowa. The barns are being torn down because they are not being used or that they have fallen in from decay. The country schools that exist are 200. There had been over 12,000 schools in Iowa at one time and the state forced them to be closed in 1966.
It would be fun to paint an old school house but I need to find one that is still standing in my area.