This project has been a long time coming
and although it is not yet finished,
we are soooo much closer.
This mural is a true labor of love for all involved.
Anna Mary a fantastic artist. Her beautiful paintings are the more realistic ones.
Her granddaughter, Lauren, is a client rider at SIRE.
LaDana is Lauren’s mother, Anna Mary’s Daughter.
Although she claims to not be talented she has more creativity in her little finger . . .
you know the rest.
LaDana is also a trouper painting most of the backgrounds,
voicing her opinion when Anna Mary and/or I get carried away.
In general keeping everyone in line!
LaDana’s husband, Rodney, works out of town but was there to help at the most
Priming, repairing woodwork so we could paint. Fixing the stall windows – actually creating new windows.
I, of course, volunteer at SIRE as
leader: leading the horse for the rider
sidewalker: supporting riders in any way needed and
DHP: tacking horses for riders
Now that everyone is introduced on with the show.
Previously at the SIRE tacking barn.
The before photo.
Mr. Bud checking the supplies.
From back to front: Anna Mary, Lauren and LaDana
as we were painting primer.
A little more than 5 gallons to prime the very rough and thirsty wood.
By this time the heat was on in Houston (Spring, TX) and we could not take more than
about four hours out there.
As we all continued to paint the barn,
Anna Mary and I worked on sketches for animals
to be cut out of wood, painted and applied later to the barn.
Anna Mary did all of her beautiful horse illustrations on the stall windows.
This is what you see when the windows are closed.
When open, the panels blend into the mural and either the horses are in the stall
or the meadow and trees of the SIRE property are framed by the windows.
See the large photo below.
So here we are.
About a year and a half after beginning this project,
this week we have finally finished most of the barn painting
and applied the animals.
Fun details like adding a lily pad and fish to talk to the frog.
Dragon Flies and Fire Flies.
Grounding the animals like the pig.
Then, of course, we must all sigh off!
After that day
I will make one final post of the barn in all it’s glory
with all of us who gave our love, time and talent to
this small but mighty group that gives so much to so many.
SIRE – Spring, TX Site
Have a Doodle Day.