October 2012
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Ahoy,  Mr. Mole




Little over a year ago, The Milford Fine Arts Council (in Milford, Connecticut) initiated the Murals of Milford Program. The commission for a mural on site #2 was a competition open to the public, and my mural proposal was chosen. Thanks right now, for a community so supportative of artists, their endeavors and the value of public art!


The site is located at the Ship's Store of Milford Boatworks at 2 High Street in Milford. Here's a picture of my "canvas".


MBW Before 


  You can see the original surface was painted cinderblock, but concern with a little peeling and bubbling of the surface substrate led to a new surface of a material called di-bond ( a sandwich product of aluminum front and back with styrene in the middle). This was attached to the building, with a special little "bump-out" which hid wires and pipes. Let's take a look at that same corner now.


Sharon at MBW
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Here's some pictures of the finished mural, which measured about 19'x5' on the front, and 11'x5' on the side, with the corner section rising to 7' to accommodate the differences in height. Some interesting challenges maintaining the horizon line.


Finished Mural
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Finished Mural
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I took a little artistic license adding a very special powerboat to the composition, originally all sailboats with brightly colored spinnakers. It seemed the perfect place to capture Nancy B of Milford Baotworks in her classic Pulsifer Hampton, the Mr.Mole.


Nancy in Mr. Mole
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It was a special treat personally, working on site at Milford Boatworks. For those of you who remember be back when...


I was "Sharon the Signpainter", owner of Sign It Sharon. For more than thirty years, springtime meant the start of boat lettering season. It is truly the one facet of work that I miss as I transferred my focus to mural painting and faux finishing.


Sharon the Signpainter 

Working on this mural was a wonderful time, reconnecting with old friends, and new.


Curious to see what transoms used to look like before vinyl lettering existed? Boy, am I dating myself.  Here is one of my favorites, painted right at Milford Boatworks.


Boat Lettering  


Some of you may recognize the name as a character of The Wind in the Willows, from which Mr. Mole also hails. 


CLICK HERE to see hand painted chiseled lettering and just some really fine clean lettering!


If you're in the area, drop down to see the mural. That's what's great about public art. It's there to share.


And if you like a little piece of wonderful painted in your own home, give me a call.




Sharon Leichsenring


Leichsenring Studios


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