Paint Memphis is an annual event that celebrates artists by providing an opportunity to over 150 artists to paint a wall space here in Memphis! I was accepted to participate this year and we had a magical day. My favorite part of the day was observing the processes of so many talented artists. From mural design to execution, this 20 foot wide piece took some planning!
We were assigned a wall space including a ramp and part of the upper wall missing. The ramp sparked the idea of a tongue sticking out, so I designed a face around that idea.
Naturally, I then decided on the one eye open emoji! I brainstormed and sketched out the design and then exported to Adobe Photoshop. I met with a few friends who I recruited to help.
All of the paint for the event was donated, so we were able to decide beforehand which colors to use for which aspects of the mural.
Thank you Paint Memphis for all of the paint!
The week before Paint Memphis, we painted the side of a old shed in my boyfriend's backyard. My friends and I had a good time experimenting with colors, paint styles, and textures!
We arrived at the mural site on Saturday morning and the entire area was filled with artists and onlookers! The creative energy at the event was nearly tangible. Some artists brought stencils, others brought tape, and many had teams of folks like me! Our wall was in the Altown skatepark in Memphis near the intersection of Lamar Avenue and Roland Street. The entire block of Willett and Lamar was blocked off and overtaken by live painting artists.
Of course, we had so much fun painting our mural too! The ramp proved a little bit difficult at first, but we figured out how to paint the very top pretty quickly. I love how much the colors stand out, and I received great feedback too! By the end of the day, many people asked me questions and took photos with the mural!