My apologies for having been gone for the last few days, although my excuse is completely legitimate! I was painting a mural at the Sandy Creek Fire Department in upstate New York!
Ten years ago for the first year anniversary of September 11th, I was a eager young college Junior and I painted their two main doors with a screaming eagle and an american flag (I don’t have a photograph, sadly, this was before digital photography! Perhaps someone reading this has one and can email it to me?!). Well, last fall those doors had to be replaced as doors tend to and I was again given the honor to be asked again to decorate the front of the doors.
Many of you might have never heard of Sandy Creek. It’s a small town with one stop-light. It is an agricultural town, tiny but proud, and it houses the Oswego County Fair every summer, about a mile from my parents house. Its a town where everyone knows everyone, and even though I don’t live there any more it is always nice to go back! My brother, Tom, is the President of the department and my nephew, Zach just joined. I know very well many of the men and women who work hard not just to provide help when it is needed, but the same individuals who help fill pools, run Demolition Derbies during the Fair, that fill swimming pools in the summer, or help run benefits for the community members when needed. In a small town many of these great people do more then just put out fires, they’re valuable members of the community in their own right. And I am proud that I could do this mural FOR THEM and I am excited to show that while our town is small the pride in our community is immeasurable.
Before I post the progress pictures I want to say a special thanks to fellow SUNY Oswego professor, Sarah Haig for her volunteered assistance on the mural. She painted most of the stuff that required a very steady hand, something I didn’t have much of after about 8 straight hours of painting. Also a thank you to all of you who came to keep me company as I painted for 24 total hours (17 straight yesterday) over a 34 hour period–you know who you are. And thanks to everyone at the fire hall for letting me show off a little on their doors! So Tommy, Lance, Jim, Micci, Dale, and everyone else–you’re awesome!
So, here’s the progression of a mural!