The Whale Museum Mural

A year after I first arrived on San Juan Island, met the lovely people of The Whale Museum, painted a giant Pacific octopus on the storm drain, and greeted the enthusiastic, orca-loving visitors of Superpod, I arrived once again to Friday Harbor.  The time had come to paint the full mural we had plotted during that first visit.

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San Juan Island was one of the stops of a longer road trip that I was taking from Los Angeles all the way up to Juneau, Alaska to spend another summer in the grand wild of Alaska.

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The big blank wall of The Whale Museum awaited us, ready for a new look.  We were incredibly fortunate to receive a scissor lift donation, a massive neighborhood discount on paint, several donations to the project, and a lovely bed and breakfast stay at Friday Harbor Grand.  We had three days to paint.  Ready, set, go!

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The design for the wall:

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We received plenty of love and support, and silly moments, with executive director Jenny Atkinson.

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So much gratitude to my painting helpers, especially Sarah Galvin, Mari Shibuya, and George.

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The mural was dedicated to the resident orcas of San Juan Island.  May all the ocean ecosystems around our world thrive, and may we know our place as stewards  and tenders of this amazing planet.

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