Awesome Sauce

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I painted the map first since I knew it wouldn't take as long as Bob Marley. I painted a bright blue tropical water background on the entire wall. I found an image with the most popular parishes of the Island and sketched it onto the wall with pencil then painted the colors in. I decided to work with a color palette that might be used for a heat mapping image with a beige base to represent the land. I spent a total of about 4 hours on the map wall adding the names of each parish along with the country's bird and flower.

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Awesome Sauce Caribbean Flavors opened their doors on December 19, 2015 at 840 State Street in Bridgeport, CT. I was there face painting anyone who came to celebrate with us. Both murals were a huge hit and I am told that people have been  taking pictures and selfies in front of the murals regularly.

When I was approached in October about dressing up some walls with custom, painted murals for a new restaurant opening in Bridgeport I was excited! The restaurant specialized in Jamaican Caribbean Cuisine which happens to be a favorite of mine. I knew the owner personally and was more than happy to be a part of the renovation and beautification team.

Her vision was simple; A large mural of Bob Marley on one wall and a large map of Jamaica on the other. I definitely had my work cut out because I had to work around the crew that was coming in to break down the old and build the new. I had approximately three weeks or so to get the job done before the planned opening of December 1st. Each wall was about  4.5 feet high and 6 to 7 feet wide...So I started to devise my master plan. Not really a master plan because my brain just doesn't work that way. My thoughts are usually all over the place; the only time they're not is when I'm creating.

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Bob Marley happens to be one of my favorite artists for many reasons. His music has always inspired me to do more. In my opinion, he was a prophet and a legend in his own right. He spoke his mind and didn't falter from anything he believed to be true. Marley was wise beyond his years and his presence was such a gift to the world. Now with that been said, imagine the responsibility of painting a mural honoring the likeness of this late, great legend. I didn't over think it too much (because I tend to do that) I just started to look for photographs of Marley online that were different than the ones that I always see. There were so many pictures that I should have been overwhelmed but I wasn't. As soon as I saw the image I knew it was the one.

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It was a black & white photo of Marley performing in a Rolling Stone Magazine Coverwall  entitled "The Life and Times of Bob Marley". I loved the passion on his face as he performed and felt that it would be a great depiction of his likeness for the wall. Of course I had to change some things to make it my own including painting it in color. I decided on the Rastafarian flag colors for the background, sketched the image of Marley and got to work right away on painting him. In total I spent about eight to twelve hours painting the Marley wall because I couldn't walk away until it felt right. I listened to his music the entire time I worked on the project and was very happy with the final results.