My first public art project! A Utility Box on Harris and Union in Eureka Ca.
When I signed up to paint a box, I thought "This will be an easy!"
Well, it It wasn't easy and not exactly fun either. I thought it would be fun because painting is fun. Turned out to be more work and frustration than I had anticipated. And isn't that the way with the learning curve and anything that's worth doing well? I was not well prepared. So, if you're thinking of doing a box? Be prepared. Bring fluids to drink and sunscreen and or a hat, and jacket because weather can change in an instant and you don't want to be too hot or too cold. Fill a gallon container with water for washing brushes and clean up, and plenty of rags and brushes, and make sure your paint is not dried up! Bring little containers for mixing color, tuna cans work well. Don't forget to prime the box! When I was painting the box lots of people came by and offered their compliments, critique and advise and personal problems. What a hoot. My favorite interaction was with kids. They loved the art and seemed uplifted by the encounter. I would paint another box, even many boxes! I might even become a "Utility Box Pro" because eventually the process would become streamlined and then it would be fun! #ilikeeureka Thank you Linda Wise for sponsoring me and thanks to the city of Eureka! Eureka Box Art Program