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A big painting job.

After some bumps in the road I am finally ready to give a wall some colour. Wednesday I started with a experienced guy to fix the color the way we wanted it to be. Less blue, a bit lighter and just a touch of black added to make it a bit more grey. I have a huge respect for the people who have all this knowledge of pigments and paint. People who know how things should be done to hold for a long time. Especially in these days of "do it quick and cheap and it doesn't matter if it doesn't last that long". Art is build on a good strong base of knowledge.

So here we started at the mural. Not a big-ass painting of a weird creature but a traditional commercial painting. "Just" the text Brouwerij Solaes in a beautiful font. Lettering is a craft I respect a lot. Mainly because no one ever looks at it. It just is. You will not notice how good lettering is because that is the goal. Being able to read it well and get a certain feeling because of how it looks. Same thing with a book you read. You will never notice how the letters look. When you notice the letters it is never in a good way.

Now I do have to mention that this piece is going to be big so I think people will notice this in the end. As you can see above it is going to be a pretty big sign painted with KEIM paint. A mineral paint that is going to be there forever. Especially since it is inside. This sign will survive all of us. I don't want anything to do with kids so I am crapping my work all over the world for generations way beyond us. Besides that, children become adults and you will never know if you will be responsible for a new Hitler.

Anyhow, what I am doing in the picture above is making sure the height of the painting is okay and the font looks good. It does so I could start. First the background painting because the black letters will cover the blue anyway. Something I had to deal with is that it was not going to look too "new". The walls are old and wear the scars of time with pride. That is what we wanted to achieve in this painting too. One of the reasons we choose for KEIM wall paint was because it is high in pigment, forever and also a bit watery. After a few tests we discovered that it worked perfect on this wall. The white parts were a bit lighter and the damaged darker parts took a lot more pigment so it became a bit darker.

The first layer was the blue. As you can see there are some white spots here and there but that was damage on the wall. Perfect if you ask me since it makes it look a bit older. There are no stripes of the paint roller to be found, just the texture of the wall itself. If I wanted it to be more perfect I would have applied a second layer of blue. That way it would have been perfectly blue. But again, that was not what we had in mind. It had to look like the brewery is around forever already.

Second and last part for today was the black line around the blue. I know it looks a bit crooked here and there but I assure you it is not. The wall is a bit bumpy so when you look at it from the other side it looks crooked the other way around. When the text is on it and it looks a bit weird I can add some paint or sand it a bit so it looks less annoying. I didn't want to hurry with the letters since this is the first time I work on letters this big. So that was the end of my painting day. I worked on some non-painting stuff after this. It was a good day and I made a lot of progress already. Good things take time as the Guinness commercials teach us. I will give you all an update next week on the result! Vince Trommel CAVUMscriptorium

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