Today, Mum and I finally finished the Traffic Signalling Box! Yes! After one extension, we spent all day today from 11am until 5pm applying the finishing touches.
It was a freezing cold day to get out there and do it but our last day to get into it was tomorrow, and so we made the commitment to get it completed today. So, once we were unpacked, we found the wind was coming from all directions and we had to hunt up some rocks from around the nearby tree to keep down the drop cloths. All day, we were chasing down lids and plastic wrap from the brushes; it was funny, but it was freezing! I had on both my painting shirts, a hoodie and a jumper with a cap to keep my head warm. And I also brought along two cushions I usually use for reading outside to sit and kneel on when we had to do any painting down low on the box.
When we were wishing for a cup of coffee, Dad showed up with two drink thermos' of tea; nice and piping hot for us to drink! He had stayed home today feeling a little under the weather and thought it would be nice to bring us something hot to drink. What a great person to think of us out there like that.
The traffic got busier as the afternoon wore on and we felt the wind change and become cooler; but we kept on going until I put on the last bit of green paint on one of the
leaves around the back and Mum and I whooped in celebration! It was done! All we had to do was sign our names and date it! Before that, though, the people who owned the house came out and had a look at our work. An older lady - about Mum's age - told us that they were really excited that the box was finally getting painted and have been watching get better as the weeks passed and we had our days at it. The lady said the each time they came home, something had been added to it and it looked even more lovely than before. She was an artist herself and her granddaughter is a brilliant artist; and is still in high school. I said that if she's great, she should look into working on one of the boxes with a family member as a practice for bigger works.Well, as I finished the last bit of green, 5pm has just passed. We packed up quickly and got some great photos of it as the sun went down and the temperature turned cooler. If I had the chance to do another one, I'd definitely get in and do it! It's a big thing to get into physically and mentally, but it's so much fun and my work is out in the public eye for a long time. I do encourage anyone who has the patience and energy to try it out. Urban Smart Projects' website is on the sidebar if you'd like to find out more about their work and other TSB's that have been painted around Brisbane.