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Mural: Stage 5

September 1, 2014

mural 5

Above is about half of the mural (and the most completed section at this point). More to work on. Lots of spray fix between layers of pastels and charcoal. Whew, I can’t wait to be done with this thing!


Materials: book paper, charcoal, tracing paper, pastels, acrylic ink, glue, recycled doors and latex wall paint.

Installation in Halsey: Tuesday afternoon.

Mural start

August 31, 2014

Mural start_gale everett studio

Above is the 19.5 feet of background mural/collage. It’s started, but still a long ways to go (but not too long!) Yes, I’ve decided to do some of the hills in collage with paper used in the project. It seemed appropriate to incorporate paper in some sense. It’s been a crazy hectic week and I’ll possibly fill ya in later… or not depending on my schedule. Oh so much work completed! Two days until installation!!! I’ve got to put my nose to the grind stone and keep the momentum flowing.

Below: Mary’s Peak in the drying stage. I spray fixed the charcoal drawing then overlaid tracing paper with a glue solution. Drawing on matte finish latex paint is great!

Marys peak



Sticking Seed

August 22, 2014

grass seed

Attaching grass seed securely and keeping it from falling off the forms during wax application ended up being a challenging task. I could imagine the wax bath becoming clogged with oodles and oodles of loose seed. A cleaning nightmare!  First idea: sandwich seed between 2 sheets of paper, similar to what I did with the ashes. Downside:  it creates a lumpy texture and possible air bubbles when saturated with wax. Second idea: utilize the same “glue” (but a tad thicker) that I’m already using and apply a second coat to secure things in.

seed pod

I opted with the second idea since the concept of extra texture was appealing. Once the experiment started, I worked through all the forms without much difficulty (except for how dense the seed became on the form). They did have to be thoroughly dried before adding additional coats of sticky stuff.  Hmmm, what about color? I probably should have added color BEFORE attaching all the seed. Bummer!

grass pod

In the end, the color leaned towards light aqua, similar to the Ledger Camas.

Seed Camas_Gale Everett

Seed Camas, without flowers. Hopefully none of the grass seed starts sprouting! Wow, now there’s an idea for a completely different work…


Productive day

August 20, 2014

flower assembly

It was quite the day. I worked on finally finishing off part of the purple flowers with gold stamens. Now I need to create more stamens and cover them in gold leaf.


The doors started receiving some drawing tests. That’s Mary’s peak on the right. It happens to be the highest peak of the coast range. The unfinished purple stalk rests against the doors for perspective.

I worked my way through paper treatment for two ledger book flowers. Tomorrow they will receive color. Also, 11 camas buds received paper for the next stalk. They have to dry before taking on the next layer of goodies.


So what will the next theme be for stalk #6? Your clue is below!

grass seed

More fun to come tomorrow! :)



August 19, 2014

painting doors

During childhood, my sister caught me drawing on the walls and curtains of her bedroom. I was probably only 5 or 6 years old. In my brain, they needed color (which happened to be an orange crayon). Big sister wasn’t terribly fond of me after that (but she got over it).  I even pushed my parents buttons by scribbling on a lamp shade in the living room. Talk about being in major trouble! Not a wise move on my part and I never did it again at that home. Now, I’m getting ready to scribble all over used hollow core doors for the backdrop of the camas project.

This evening the doors were prepped. Yep, it’s exactly what it looks like, rolling paint on a door. Nothing too special about this stuff except it’s flat paint and colored a grey-blue. Tomorrow I’ll start sketching the first section of  landscape using vine and block charcoal. I’ll try to keep it simple to not compete with the flowers. The backdrop will separate the exhibit from the rest of the room.

drying rack

I used the car as a drying rack. :)


During the morning and early afternoon, I spent several hours working with my assistant to complete a bunch of flower buds. We used baskets to hold the twisted wire forms. Tomorrow I’ll work like crazy covering as many as possible. She will return on Thursday to accomplish more tasks. I have 2 books I want to utilize plus 3 lbs of Oregon grass seed.  Still debating which to start first. The grass seed might win!




Wrapping Wire

August 18, 2014


ledger Camas

Ledger Camas_Gale Everett


2 weeks to go until installation of the Camas project in Halsey. Tonight, I managed to work all 10 “flower buds” onto a length of rebar. Not too impressive, but with the hand injury it was monumental!  We will see what my hand thinks of it later on. Today was spent primarily in Eugene working on family issues, which means basically no art. Oh well!  Tomorrow my official “Igor” comes to help! Igor, also known as my good friend and crazy art buddy Suzanne, has agreed to assist with creating buds and petals. I still need flower petals, stamens, and pistols for a bunch stalks. I’ll work on gold leafing parts for the purple dictionary stalk (camas #4) and covering forms she creates. The project is still lacking a grass seed connection and more books! We will see what emerges with the assistance.

Ledger Camas

August 17, 2014

I acquired a wonderful 1967 ledger book while clearing out the parents home after their death. The business name wasn’t included, but I highly suspect it was from the one my dad worked for. After ripping out several back pages and torturing them like crazy (and boy, did I torture them!), I determined they couldn’t be used to create a full camas plant. The pages were too darn stiff and thick to manipulate. However, after thinking more about it, I decided to incorporate small portions of pages to the blank forms.

ledger pod_gale everett

An essence of the ledger book! Camas 5 is getting closer to completion once I figure out a color and flower parts. I still need an assistant to bend, cut and twist wire for the petal sections. Assistant #2 (Hubby) has finally offered to help, but I’m not certain I can pin him down to do it. Assistant #1 comes to bend and twist on Tuesday. I’m so excited!

To check out the upcoming installations, please visit  Art in Rural Storefronts 2014 click HERE


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