“I Think I Can, I Think I Can” pretty much sums up how I was feeling as I continued to pick up steam…and inspiration, for more train murals. At this point, I had just finished painting a train station in the entry way of the Kid’s Ministry area at my church, when someone handed me a stack of books. He was a serious railway buff and thought I wouldn’t mind seeing some of the stuff he had. Wow! It was exactly what I needed to get me going! Even though my murals were cartoon style, I sketched out a train from one of the book covers and painted my first train in the Preschool classroom. It was an older looking train with lots of character. Keeping with our theme, I called it “The Grace Express.” Continue Reading →
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I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad (Train Murals – Part 1)
When I was a kid, I remember singing, “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad…all the live long day.” I hadn’t thought about that song in years! Until recently, when I really was working on a railroad for days on end, as I painted Train Murals for my church’s Kid’s Ministry. After years of worshiping in a school gym, we’ve moved into our own building, and I was asked if I could paint a mural or two to make the children feel as if they’re going on a journey aboard “The Grace Express.” Well, fire up the locomotive and say no more! I spent six and a half weeks getting completely carried away with trains, a train station, railroad tracks on the floors, props, etc. There’s so much, I decided to take you on a video tour before breaking it down into individual blog entries. All aboard!
After seeing this video, be sure to see how these train murals came together, beginning with the Train Station.