Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Holy Trinity College Mural

Hello to Everyone working on the Holy Trinity College Mural in Hong Kong:

The mural pictures of the students working on the mural that Elizabeth posted show the true spirit of kids having a great time expressing their creative talents. I am sure that the mural that they create together will give them a stong sense of pride for years to come.

I am looking forward to seeing the mural for myself when I come to Hong Kong to start work in September. I am also looking forward to dining at my favorite vegetarian restaurant. If I am lucky I will remember how to order in Cantonese! I have been practicing simple phrases in Cantonese, but I am still slow at remembering what to say when. I think that Cantonese is a very difficult language to learn, but a colorful one to try and listen to. I envy Kong for being able to speak and write both in Chinese and English. Cantonese is his mother tongue.

Cheers to all - Martie

Friday, May 18, 2007

First Steps

This was our first session of concerted activity with the students at Holy Trinity College in Shek Kip Mei in Kowloon.

They took turns drawing and cleaning/painting the wall. Fun was had by all, and it was a great start to the project. We'll be going full-throttle on the mural later in June; until then, the girls have several weeks to work on their layout and ideas.

girls and blue wall, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

After cleaning the wall, students painted it with gel medium and water, to prime the surface for the mural next month.

They used rollers and paintbrushes.

Joel rolling blue

joel with roller, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

having fun, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

Big tongue

tongue, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

Joel on ladder

joel on ladder, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

Learning to use a paint-roller

learning to roll, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

painting student, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

Hiding behind a dai pai dong

symbol, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

A previous project by the Mural Society at the school

previous mural 1, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

previous mural 2, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

Some students used their notebooks for reference

notebook reference, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

Drawing a handsome guy

handsome guy, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

circular sea 2, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

Getting Started

Profile, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

Drawing Circles

drawing circles, originally uploaded by hkmuralsociety.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


To all who will be part of this online community interested in murals in particular and art in general you are all welcome.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the founders of Hong Kong Mural Society, Artists Kong Ho and Martie Geiger-Ho, for their inspiring vision in promoting mural art here in Hong Kong and also all other artists involved, like Johnny Lee and Irene Leung to name a few, in the society's numerous projects all these years.

In the age where digital technology makes it so easy to design and enlarge images as wall stickers, the importance of painted murals or even mosaics and ceramic murals, to name a few, are given less priority when time and budgetary considerations become the common concerns of sponsors or clients.Regardless of this reality in a fast-paced society, still there are those who see the value of painted or produced murals and recognize the soul of art behind the process of painting or preparing the mosaic. Every brush strokes when painting and the feel in squeezing the airbrush in airbrush painting...every step in selecting elements for a mosaic...and even the more meticulous process of molding and firing ceramic tiles for murals that require patience are all indispensable and exciting experiences.

With this weblog we hope that a more vibrant direction in mural art shall continue not only here in Hong Kong, where the base of Hong Kong Mural Society is, but also elsewhere.

We also would like to thank Artist Elizabeth Briel for starting this weblog.

Happy sharing and happy reading...

Joel Ferraris