A couple months ago I was asked to look at a lattice breezeway wall and quote for painting a US flag on it. If you don’t also get my newsletters, it ended up being a work in progress at the end of last month, as there were a number of miscalculations and reworks. Anyway, yesterday I finished it! The lattice-ness of the metal leaves the flag looking like it’s waving in the wind – and leaves spaces were stars should sometimes be, which made the placement of them… interesting. I learned a lot on this project
- There are precise relative measurements for the dimensions of the US flag (I was happy to find that was true).
- Spray paint gives great coverage and an awesome, smooth finish.
- Lattices are really tough to block off areas because they’re so wiggly.
- You can’t work with spray paint if it’s the least little bit breezy.
- Pigments differ markedly between manufacturers (worse than I already knew).
- You need a very steady hand to draw stars freehand and get the edges straight.
- I do not have steady hands.
- I will learn how well these paints stand up to the desert heat and sun.
- I like working on metal – this is the third on-metal project I have done.
One thing that this perhaps will lead into is the possibility of my doing paintings on metal – specifically to be outdoor art. I’ve been asked about that a couple of times recently, and have also had a colleague recommend a suitable source of metal panels on which to paint. I think I will recommend a coat of the UV Resistant spray that I use on refractured watercolors that are on panel – perhaps that will help preserve the colors longer, without being too expensive. There is a product I have used on the first signal box mural, that is anti-UV and graffiti resistant, but do not want to commit the building owner to the fact they may never be able to paint over it.