When your most popular article is the Houston Mural Guide, it only seems fitting that you have your own mural, right? We thought so. And when you are making a coffee table book of Houston murals, your own mural has to be the cover, right? Again, we thought so too!
What you might not know, though, is that it was a whirlwind making all that happen! So, we thought it might be fun to share some “behind the scenes” perspectives on it all…
First of all, when we decided to start an online store, we knew that we had to make a beautiful, high-quality, inspirational coffee table book chronicling all the walls of Houston. That had been a dream idea that Maritere and I had tossed around for over a year. At the same time, we had been discussing the possibility of having our own mural (or murals – hint hint).
Side note: now seems an appropriate time to tell you about the working relationship Julie and I share… It truly is a match made in professional heaven! You see, I often describe our relationship as this: I’m an ideas person, while she is a “get sh!t done” person. Pardon the language, but it’s true! If it weren’t for Julie, most of my ideas would remain just that — ideas. She is the queen of bringing ideas to fruition. Truly she’s a master at executing projects. And I am beyond grateful for that!
Okay – enough about that. But trust me, it is relevant to this story…
Fast forward to last month… As we neared completion of our coffee table book, an idea occurred to me:
If we are making a book of Houston murals, shouldn’t our own mural be in the book? Moreover, shouldn’t our very own mural be the cover of the book?
Makes sense, right? Well, the only issue was that we were only one week away from our book being due to the publisher. Yep – seven short days. This is where Julie comes into play. See – teamwork makes the dream work!
I had the aforementioned ideas on a Friday. By Monday, Julie had gotten a tentative “yes” from the folks at FM Kitchen & Bar, which was our top choice of location for our first mural. Plus, she had arranged an in-person meeting on that Monday with the artist we wanted to paint our wall Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau.
Could it be? Were things going to come together perfectly in time to meet our book publishing deadline?
Well, when we met with Mr. D on that fateful Monday to discuss the concept, he got on board with our idea. Then came the subject of timing… He asked when we were thinking of doing this, and Julie replied, “Well, how does Wednesday look for you?” After sharing a few chuckles, we all agreed to paint our wall two days later!
In terms of artistic direction, we simply gave Mr. D our color palette and let him run with it! We are such a fan of his creativity and talents. We knew we were in good hands.
And the story has a happy ending… We painted our wall on Wednesday, photographed it on Thursday, and turned the book into the publisher on Friday!
Crazy, right? It was a whirlwind, indeed.
But, lo and behold, we have a wall and a book, and we couldn’t be more in love with both! And today we’re taking you behind the scenes of the creation of the wall, an interview with Mr. D, along with a video of the process, plus a Houston Mural Guide update! Yes, our very first video (watch it above!).