The campus is always quiet during the summer. While attending Davidson the summer was the best part of the year. Aside from the obvious reasons, I always looked forward to the summertime because campus felt like an oasis from the rest of the world. I spent the majority of the summers at Davidson babysitting two young children of a local family. During my four years in school they felt more like my little brother and sister. Whenever we didn't have to rush off to soccer practice or play dates we'd come of campus and enjoy the peace and quiet of the grounds. Getting up early this morning and walking over to the union reminded me of just how peaceful this place can be.
The morning was cool from the previous evening's showers and the birds were just starting to stir. Apparently, they too were enjoying the quiet. That early in the morning the union was completely still as I made my way to the mural. I quickly set up my materials before closing the door and turning on my "painting mix," which spans from Aretha Franklin to Macklemore and even a bit of Beethoven. If I thought that painting while people looked through the glass was a performance then anyone who walked by this morning was in for a treat to witness me singing at the top of my lungs while painting. Now that is a performance piece.
Today, I started the portrait that will be of a young woman wearing a hijab that is composed of the different national flags of the international student body. Since the portrait is placed on the curved portion of the wall it has been a bit difficult to ensure the proportions and perspective of the portrait appear correct. I will continue to work on the female portrait tomorrow along with finishing Sam Spencer's portrait.