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Scott Hagan the BarnArtist

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Monday
Sep092013

Madison County Ohio Bicentennial Barn

I have not posted to my blog in quite some time. After this past weeks work in Mt Sterling, Ohio I thought it would be a great to share with you the re-painting of one of the Ohio Bicentennial Barns.

As some of you may know, I got my true start to painting for a living through the project in Ohio where I painted 1 barn in each of the 88 Ohio counties. The logo became a signature of the 200 year anniversary, and the barn project was a huge success during the years 1998-2003. I traveled the state and was able to see many places and meet so many fine people.

One of the most important barns of the project was barn #7 in Madison County. The barn sits visible from I-71 about 1/2 hour south of the Columbus outerbelt I-270. I actually arrived there to paint over one of the 2 sides with a new message for motorists. I had not seen the barn in several years and right away it was evident that the west side of the barn was in desparate need of paint. So, re-painting the west side of the barn was a top priority. I had a talk with the owner and it wasnt long until we had an agreement to get it done. Here is what the process of stripping down the old paint, basecoat, and logo art painting looks like in a nutshell...

I also was able to paint my website address on the side of the barn in exchange for painting (that side).

It should be a great addition to the business. The only barn I can think of in the state with more visibility might be the Montgomery County Ohio Bicentennial Barn. Anyway, here is what the opposite side of the barn looks like...

Let me know if you have seen this barn, it is a can't miss!

Wednesday
Apr252012

Blue Ridge Christian Academy

Within the state of South Carolina, I find myself in the north western area and at the foot of the mountains.

Tigerville is the address here, and the k-12 school rests within many open acres of farmland. The property is gated and isolated from other homes that might be nearby. Some houses are visible in the mountains that set the backdrop of the school gymnasium. The gym is the canvas for me this time rather than a barn, and 2 sections in particular on the outside walls are my canvas.

The artwork here is not visible until you take a stroll to the soccer and baseball fields, but the building acts as an overlook to the park-like venues below. Several cold days kicked off the painting, but today was most pleasant and much work was completed on the shield panel. I hope to have the entire project including the interior paintings behind the hoops completed by the weekend. A festival will be held here on Saturday, and I am to give a few speeches on my work.

 

Wednesday
Aug032011

Prospect, Pa American Barn

It was a warm 5 days in Prospect, Pennslvania while painting the white barn- the Colteryahn barn that is. The red white and blue colors are a cant miss while driving north on 528. The flag may be one of my biggest creations yet, its lentgh is just shy of 30'. The old barn siding was tough to work on, it had many knotholes and large cracks from being in the elements all of these years. I painted 2 coats of Duration white (Sherwin Williams) before the colors were applied, and that helped fill the natural voids in the wood and made the artwork itself a little easier.

 

 

Friday
Jul012011

Northern Ohio Barn Painting

The last 10 days or so were crazy for an outdoor painter. I began the roadtrip in Westlake, Ohio as a speaker at the Library. I can remember the Ohio Bicentennial days were busy with such requests, and these days most groups still want to hear about that project (88+ barns in every county in Ohio). Quite a lightning storm came through the area as I was headed back to my camper parked at the barn in Norton, Ohio. I should have known this was a sign of things to come, at least as far as wet weather.

I started the "Buy Local" barn painting a bit later and ran into rain issues for sure. It was enought to mess up the paint job, so I had to head over to Sherwin Williams along with an old door taken off the barn so they could come up with a paint to match and cover up the mess.

I pretty much had 2 days of no work because of the weather. I was glad there was a cinema not too far away, but better yet a Red Box was literally 1 mile down the road. During the downtime I watched "Super 8" (not bad), the new X men flick(pretty good), I rented "The American" (not good) "True Grit"(great acting, but not a winner for me) and even "Just Go With It" (not bad). Maybe I should blog about movies and be the barn critic. But this tells you the kind of time I had on my hands.

On a Saturday it finally was a great day to paint. I only worked till around noon however because I had a date with some friends and my wife, Toby Mac was in the area and was the last of the 4 day Alive concert  at Atwood Lake near Mineral City (Oh).

 

Anyway back to some barn painting...

 

 

Tuesday
Apr192011

The Mellow Mushroom; Gatlinburg, TN

My drive from Hopkinsville KY to Gatlinburg TN took around 5 hours and was a windy one. The job was in the heart of touristville, and a new restaurant in the making called the Mellow Mushroom. The job called for an old time look, or as called a dry brush. The goal was to make the painting look aged, so I started in on the wall that was installed by the contractors on site. The wall is about 65' long and is part of a dining section for the guests to enjoy some of the worlds best pizza. It took me about 4 days to finish, but the time spent was well worth it. Everyone seemed pleased with the result, and one of the owners of the Mellow Mushroom said it exceeded his expectations. This particular pizza chain is expanding and it is my understanding they are set to open 27 new locations this year. I hope I can be part of a few more as they concentrate heavily on art and the setting of each individual site.