Making of the Mural

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When I first sat down with the owner of the Italian Station, Anita, she requested that I paint something her customers could look at and learn about Fredericksburg and coffee. You can see in my video (about 30 seconds in) my original sketches and how my planning began. After I had okay’d the initial ideas and sketches with Anita, I began my work by drawing a 7×7 block grid on my sketches and a 7×7 block grid on the wall (you can see it about 52 seconds in) so that I could easily and accurately transfer my ideas from paper to wall. I spent hours and hours measuring and leveling lines to make sure that my buildings were straight and to scale of each other. The buildings were the only thing I was sure of this entire process, almost every other detail happened on the spot. As you can see in the video, my original sketches are quite different than the final product. I originally had dogwood flowers filling in empty space and the coffee mugs held the words that ended up around them. Along the way, I decided to add some layers, so I did the buildings and coffee in color and the transportation and writing in black and white. Everything slowly started to come together and I could not be happier with the final product.

I am incredibly grateful to Anita for the opportunity to leave my mark on downtown Fredericksburg, in her beautiful coffee shop. This is the first time I have ever shared my art publicly and to do it on such a large scale has been quite the experience for me. Thank you to every kind supporter along the way, thank you for every encouraging word, thank you for all the sweet compliments, thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for sharing this experience with me.

If you find yourself in downtown Fredericksburg, VA, ,make sure to visit Anita and my mural in the Italian Station at 620 Caroline st.

Warmest Wishes,
Haley Harkins