Quesnel’s newest downtown mural is nearing completion.
Lee-Anne Chisholm has almost finished a large painting on the side of the Quesnel Bakery. The mural even incorporates the bakery’s original hand-carved sign.
It’s been slow and steady for Chisholm, who has been battling the elements. She said the planned completion time of one month was quickly thrown out.
“It was so hot in the afternoons, I was only out here in the mornings for some of those days,” Chisholm said.
Smoke from wildfires also prevented work on the mural.
The mural depicts a baker and cafe scene, with perspective shifted so it appears the scene is in three dimensions, including a staircase that bends into the distance.
“We thought the 3-D element would really catch people’s eyes,” Chisholm said. “Maybe bring people in to think ‘what’s that over there.’”
The heat didn’t just make staying outside hard, it also dried paint quickly, a detriment when Chisholm was blending colours together to create the 3-D effect.
“Blending was pretty much impossible in that heat,” she said. “I had to work really quickly.”
While there won’t be a chance for a big reveal, as her work on the wall is available for all to see, Chisholm is eager to see what the completed mural will look like.
“I’m excited to be painting the street because it was white for so long,” she said. “It’s coming along pretty quick. I’m excited for it to come together in one big picture.”
Chisholm will also be featured at a Quesnel Art Gallery show alongside Aaron Harder in August.
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