Waterford Walls was an absolutely wonderful experience! Alongside my teammates, Niro and Hannah, we conquered a colossal 300m2 mural in 3.5 days.
Hannah graciously picked up Niro and me from the Dublin Airport, and we set off straight for Waterford, a charming town nestled along Ireland's picturesque southern coast. Waterford, with its abundant murals, seemed like an artist's dreamland. . I was exhilarated at the prospect of adding my art to this expansive open-air museum.
After our initial meet-and-greet with the organization and fellow artists, we called it a night, eager for a fresh and early start. I swiftly secured the grid on the wall in around 30 minutes and soon had the initial sketch lines up.
Just in the nick of time, my new lift arrived, replacing the aptly named "little crappy." Since the other lift company hadn't retrieved "little crappy" promptly, we found ourselves with two machines to work with. Thanks to Niro and Hannah's nimble hands, I transitioned from sketching to outlining in record time.
Day 2 was dedicated to filling in approximately 150m2, and by this point, we had the pleasure of meeting the building's owner, who conveniently ran a pub within the same establishment—a welcome spot for our breaks. The residents and visitors were incredibly friendly and hospitable, making us feel like an integral part of the community right from the start.
Day 3 greeted us with strong winds that eventually gave way to heavy rain in the afternoon, prompting us to explore the city during our downtime. On Day 4, we decided to tackle the stairs as well, completing the entire wall. I decided to add some drop shadows and extra details, thanks to the rapid progress we were making.
The following day, I patiently waited for two hours for the sky to clear, capturing my final photographs while still perched on the lift. With our mural complete, I decided to paint a small wall at the festival's headquarters, motivating other artists to join in, which led to some creative excitement to say it in a nce way (-:
On my last day in Waterford, I managed to convince the hostel manager to let me paint in his garage. After all, a day without painting felt like a day wasted.
All in all, my time at the Waterford Walls festival was nothing short of fantastic. The team was outstanding, and I had the pleasure of meeting many incredibly talented artists who have become new friends.
Go raibh maith agat! (Thank you!)