The mural 🌈
Painting this mural was one of those experiences I will never forget and will always be thankful for. It taught me new skills, as I had painted many faces, bodies, furniture and walls, but never a piece like this. Like any boring perfectionist, I could list all the faults I find in it, but I shall instead share some of the things I learnt.
I spent most of my days alone as Eric, James and Amelie were busy filming, shopping and getting other things sorted. When I wasn’t brush in hand (and sometimes when I was), I was running after cheeky chickens, feeding the dog and the kittens, or just drinking some water on the steps, looking at the landscape, trying to discern between the sounds of a thousand birds.
When Eric was at the Home, we chatted. I learnt we see things differently, but that our morals and goals are in fact the same. It reinforced my strongest faith that it is in sometimes less than comfortable stretches of discussion that we find the shared beliefs that allow us to walk together towards the same destination with people who might have, at first sight, felt so different and distant from us.
Painting the mural also taught me patience and contentment. Once at the house, I realised I didn’t just want to paint the wall on the left as planned - I wanted to paint it all. I knew I wouldn’t have the time for all the initial sketch’s detail, so I compromised by adding some large flatter, lighter tones that make the space much brighter, and I painted another wall (the one in front) and the room behind the door on the left.
All the research and discussions about adinkra symbols and Ghanaian representation taught me the basics of a culture I knew very little about - details photos and explanations to come later!
We owe @coralpaints_gh
a big thank you for their support - Diane and Fifi were amazing with the generous deal they got us on their amazing mixes 🙌🏼
For now, we leave you with a before and after of the entrance space for Holly’s Home. The gratitude for having been given the chance to be a part of the history of this wonderful project is beyond words. Thank you @jsdeacon20 @holyshome @amelie_exton
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