Painted by Jon, interpreted by the public

Paint-By-Numbers mural

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Paint-by Numbers Mural, 2015

In 2015, I won a competition sponsored by Open Studios in Boulder to create an image that would be turned into a huge paint-by-numbers project, resulting in a reproduction of my image, approximately 42′ X 30′, to be hung from a building in the center of Boulder. I completed an oil painting, below, that celebrated many of the things people love to do in Boulder, including making art.

A photograph was taken of the image and computer software analyzed it. A production process turned it into 42 individual 5’x6’ pieces that the public had the opportunity to paint. (See examples of the painting party I went to, below).

The plan was to collect all the pieces once they had been painted by the community, then put them back together, then unfurl the image on the side of a building.

The mural was to be hung in the spring of 2017. That never happened, due to logistical issues! Maybe it will be displayed someday!

(From the Open Studios website: “The Open Studios Community Paint By Number mural is an exciting FUNdraising project that will raise money to help Open Studios further our mission to promote and enrich the visual arts and advance the role of artists in the Boulder community”).

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