Another Day, Another Mural

I took a 2D Art class in college with an enthusiastic, kind and inspiring professor named Dustyn Bork. Even though my major was English Lit and I hardly spent any time in the art department, of all the professors I had during college, I’ve kept in touch the most with Dustyn. Earlier this year, I spoke on social media about wanting to paint more murals and I promptly got an invitation from him to make my way out to Batesville, AR in the fall. After some design work and planning, I hopped into my car and drove 9 hours west.

Dustyn is now teaching at Lyon College, a small liberal-arts university. He and his marvelously-talented wife Carly Dahl moved to Arkansas nine years ago and have been making major changes to the city and college since, bring lots of culture and color and fun. 

  for once, I remembered to take a “before” picture…

for once, I remembered to take a “before” picture…

  projecting the design and sketching the image

projecting the design and sketching the image

  left figure starting to take shape

left figure starting to take shape

One of the improvements Dustyn provides the city is his Mural Painting Class, which brings the artwork outside and into the community. With the assistance of six motivated, sweet students, we worked long hours priming the wall, tracing the image, creating stencils and painting the mural over the course of four days. 

  some of the wonderful mural-painting class students allowing me to interrupt their work!

some of the wonderful mural-painting class students allowing me to interrupt their work!

It’s a surreal and incredible experience taking a design on a piece of paper and transposing it to a much-larger painting. But it’s also incredibly liberating and intensely possible. Thank you to Dustyn and his class of wonderful students for hosting me last week and for all their hard work! Until next time, Batesville!

  touch-ups and details

touch-ups and details

  right figure fade fleshed out!

right figure fade fleshed out!

  final steps…

final steps…

  mural complete!

mural complete!

grace engel