“Discover Our Desert” Mural-In-A-Day

Onaga G.A.T.E. Class With Mural In a Day Design
G.A.T.E. STUDENTS TO PAINT “DISCOVER OUR DESERT” MURAL-IN-A-DAY AT ONAGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Under the direction of Larger Than Life Murals, the G.A.T.E. ONES 4th-6th graders at Onaga Elementary School, along with their teacher GATE ONES Site Liaison Heather Possehl, and community volunteers will be painting a “Mural-In-A-Day” on Sat. Apr. 11th, 2015, from 9AM until 5PM on the school campus.

Discover Our Desert, Hand Painted Design
Discover Our Desert, Hand Painted Design by Larger Than Life Murals

The 37′ x 8′ “Discover Our Desert” Mural Project was conceived by Possehl as part of an effort to create an outdoor learning and meeting area on campus, and is a collaboration between Larger Than Life Murals public artists Linda Shrader and Echo Westover and the G.A.T.E. class.

The painting will begin with a black and white shaded drawing, and the students and volunteers will be adding all the color on Saturday. The public is encouraged to stop by, watch the mural come to life, and be a part of the hi-speed time-lapse video that will be filmed through the day.

“When I first started this journey at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, I never imagined it would culminate by working with such dedicated and talented community members.  They are guiding the students down a path of true understanding and helping students learn that they are part of something much bigger than themselves,” says Possehl.  “They eagerly look forward to each session with Larger Than Life Murals artists and cannot wait to see their concept become a reality on April 11th.”

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Through A Series Of After-School Meetings

The students have worked with Shrader and Westover co-creating the mural design, and learning about a wide range of good public art practices, including project planning, art design, respecting copyrights, licensing, the importance of using quality paints and protective coatings, and more. In addition, there was discussion about how fundamental academics like language art skills, mathematics, and sciences are applied to real life situations, even as an artist.

“I like to tell the students that I didn’t think academics were very important because I always knew I wanted to be an artist,” notes Shrader, “And then I became a professional artist, and guess what? I discovered that my so much of my daily operation requires academic skills! We take opportunities like this to not only teach and encourage students in their artistic endeavors, but in their academic studies as well.”

Calculating wall area and paint needed, scaling designs, cost analysis, bookkeeping, are just a few of the areas that require and incorporate math skills. Good language arts skills are a must for proposals, contracts, internet marketing, press releases, and communication between the artist and the client or public. Chemical interactions between primers, paints, and coatings, chemical emissions, as well as environmental and other factors are more easily understood with a firm grasp of chemical properties studied in science curriculums.

“I honestly can’t believe that these two amazing artists are willing to help us create something that will change our school forever,” says 6th grade G.A.T.E student Kahlena Alcantar.  “It was very enjoyable meeting them and discussing the rules of painting and planning our artwork together.”

We Need About 15-20 Artist-Assistant Volunteers

As members of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, I invite other member artists to “assist” student-artists on paint day, and hope to inspire others to get involved mentoring, teaching, and sharing their areas of interest and expertise with our children in the community.

For members of the MBCAC or other artists in the community who are interested in assisting our student artists on Saturday, April 11th, for all or part of the day, please contact Linda Shrader 760-413-2116 or by email linda@largerthanlifemurals.com. There is a required informational meeting Thursday, April 9th, 6:30 PM, at Onaga Elementary School, Yucca Valley.

Larger Than Life Murals has created many public art murals in the Morongo Basin and beyond, teach paint classes, and are advocates of public art and art in school programs.

Additional Information: Larger Than Life Murals www.largerthanlifemurals.com

Butterfly Mural Exhibition- IWAF 2015

"The Butterly Has Landed" Exhibition Mural, Indian Wells Arts Festival 2015

Butterfly Mural, Featured Exhibition At 13th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival 2015

 

Screenshot 2015-03-17 20.53.26In keeping with the Indian Wells Arts Festival’s mantra, “Where Art Is Happening,” we were honored to be invited for our fifth year, to be one of many ‘artists in action,’ creating an exhibition mural from start to finish during the 3-day festival.

The butterfly mural titled, “The Butterfly Has Landed,” was designed by Echo, and painted by both of us, April 3-5, 2015. It’s 12′ x 5′ acrylic (on 3 individual- 4′ x 5′ canvases), and we’re looking for a permanent home for it. If you’re interested in owning this mural at a great price, contact us here.

We have to keep the mural fairly simple to complete it in 3 days, because we spend a lot of time, answering questions and sharing information about mural painting. But good design and color are effective in catching the attention of festival goers.

When interested children approach, we often hand them the paint brush to add a few strokes and “help” with the mural, with parents permission of course.

Echo was also honored with a 3rd place ribbon in the acrylic painting category, with the beginnings of her newest series, featuring a stylized look at some iconic Southern California landscapes.

Visit www.indianwellsartsfestival.com For more Festival Experience!

To view more photos, visit our Larger Than Life Mural Gallery

Native American Mural

Heavy Shield Mural

“Heavy Shield” Native American Mural

 10.5′ x 12.5′ Acrylic on Canvas

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So we had just got our new studio up and running, and were looking forward to participating in the MBCAC Open Studio Art Tours 2014 for the first time. Our studio has a 16′ ceiling, so we could finally showcase large a mural in studio.

Both Echo and I love painting portraits, and I’ve always been passionate about Native Americans, so it was a natural choice to paint a Native American Mural.

“Heavy Shield” was photographed by Edward S. Curtis about 1904, somewhere in the American Southwest. His photo just touched me deeply.

Echo had just had her second son a couple of weeks before, so I got this one started, and then we finished it together. We also filmed the 10-day process in hi-speed time-lapse video, and the link is below.

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Heavy Shield - Native American Mural, High Speed Time-Lapse Video- Larger Than Life Murals
Heavy Shield High Speed Time-Lapse Video- Larger Than Life Murals

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Most Recent Murals – May 2014

Most Recent Murals

May 2014. For the most current information visit www.largerthanlifemurals.com

Our Most Recent Murals Were at Yucca Family Medical Care.

1. Desert Sky- painted in a main hallway.

Desert Sky Mural 2014
Desert Sky Mural 2014

 

2. The Wildlife Mural, wraps around 4 walls of the children’s patient room. 

Wall #1- The Roadrunner

Wildlife Mural, Roadrunner
Wildlife Mural, Roadrunner

Wall #2- The Coyote

The coyote in the wildlife panoramic mural.
The coyote in the wildlife panoramic mural. He’s over 5′ tall.

Wall#3- Mountains

Wall #4- The Cottontail

Wildlife Mural, Cottontail
Wildlife Mural, Cottontail

3. The Hummingbird Mural- for the women’s health patient room.

Larger Than Life Murals- Hummingbird Mural.
Larger Than Life Murals- Hummingbird Mural.
Close-up of the Hummingbird Mural
Close-up of the Hummingbird Mural
Echo painting the flowers on the Hummingbird Mural.
Echo painting the flowers on the Hummingbird Mural.

4. The Bighorn Sheep Mural

The Bighorn Sheep Mural.
The Bighorn Sheep Mural.
Bighorn Sheep mural close-up
Bighorn Sheep mural close-up
Bighorn Sheep mural close-up
Bighorn Sheep mural close-up
Bighorn Sheep mural close-up
Bighorn Sheep mural close-up

 

Larger Than Life Murals – 2014 Open Studio Art Tours

Larger Than Life Murals is proud to announce their new studio will be open both weekends of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Open Studio Art Tours,  Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, 2014. Location and hours information soon forthcoming.

In addition to murals, Linda Shrader and Echo Westover will be exhibiting fine art oil and acrylic paintings, graphite drawings, photography, and sculptural pottery.

art tours dates

“This is a first for us, and we’re very excited,” says Linda Shrader, artist/muralist, and co-owner of Larger Than Life Murals.

Linda recently returned to the high desert, after living in Riverside for the past 5 years, and bought another home in Yucca Valley. “It’s good to be back in the Morongo Basin, we’ve been busy in our new studio and we’re very excited about finally being able to participate in the MBCAC Open Studio Art Tours this fall. Our new studio has a 16′ ceiling, so we can showcase some murals in studio.”

A life-long artist, Shrader has been painting murals over 12 years, and started Larger Than Life Murals in 2007. She and her co-owner and daughter, Echo Westover, have painted several murals in the Morongo Basin, including the Patriotic Mural on the Glen Realty building in Yucca Valley, and two murals in Joshua Tree, the Respect/Protect Tortoise Mural on the Joshua Tree Laundry building and Welcome to Joshua Tree on the Natural Sisters Cafe building.

Larger Than Life Murals "Respect, Protect" Tortoise Mural,
Larger Than Life Murals, Respect-Protect Mural, Joshua Tree, CA 2009
After 9-11, Larger Than Life Murals we commissioned by George Gibbs, to paint this Patriotic Mural on the Glen Realty, Yucca Valley, CA
This 24′ x 9.5′ mural was the first after starting Larger Than Life Murals, commissioned by George Gibbs,  Glen Realty, Yucca Valley, CA
Welcome to Joshua Tree Mural Ribbon Cutting
Welcome to Joshua Tree Mural Ribbon Cutting

In 2001, Linda served on the first Board of Directors for the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. One of the board’s early visions was to create an Open Studio Art Tour. They did, and with the efforts of successive boards, many volunteers, and support of the patrons, the Hwy. 62 Open Studio Art Tours has become a big success here in the Morongo Basin,  and continues to grow each year. Read more on www.mbcac.org

“Humming Bird Mural” 2014

Hummingbird Mural

 The Hummingbird Mural is approx. 6′ x 4.5′, Acrylic on interior wall.  Commissioned by Yucca Family Medical Care, Yucca Valley, CA.

Here’s the story of this mural… The Office Manager, Jenifer,  who commissioned us to paint several murals, had already adorned many of their halls and patient rooms with beautiful art and large framed desert photography. She wanted something more… she really wanted their office to aesthetically have the “wow” factor. Echo and I jumped at the chance to aim high and “wow” her! The staff loves desert landscapes, plants, and animals, so subject matter is plentiful, we just needed some great designs and photo references.

I set out on a mission in the Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP) to take some fresh photos with Starlin and Blaze. But it was mid-May, and the wildflowers were scarce. Remembering the garden at the Hi Desert Water District office, we headed across town and got there just before the sun  went down, and indeed, there was a variety of plants still blooming. Just as I was about to snap a shot of this purple flower, a hummingbird buzzed right into the frame! It darted around a bit, pausing as if posing, letting me get several shots, and then was gone again. How cool was that!?

So here is the design we presented with my original photograph:

Humming bird design

 

The room was painted this beautiful green after our presentation, we we adjusted the colors of the mural to work with the room.

Here is the finished painted mural:

Larger Than Life Murals- Hummingbird Mural.

 

“Larger Than Life Murals exceeded our expectations from beginning to completion. Professional and dependable, Linda and Echo went above and beyond to complete 4 murals within a very tight schedule. We love our murals, and confidently recommend Larger Than Life Murals.”

Jenifer Batin, Office Manager, Yucca Family Medical Care 2014

 

Close-up of the Hummingbird Mural
Close-up of the Hummingbird Mural

 

Echo painting the flowers on the Hummingbird Mural.
Echo painting the flowers on the Hummingbird Mural.

 

I also shot a time-lapse video of this mural painting, so I’ll get that up asap!

We welcome your comments or questions 🙂