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Refic vs. The Brontosaurus

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It all started about a year ago right here on the internet, a call for artists went out from the town of La Junta, Colorado.

La Junta is a town in Southeastern Colorado, about an hour away from my hometown of Pueblo. In the latter half of 2016, the committee selected me to paint the mural. They had been raising funds for the painting for several months, and it was now time to have it executed.

When designing, I try and do as much research as possible and necessary for the project to be meaningful. In the research, I learned of La Junta’s history of trading, ranching, railroading, and native cultures. I discovered that La Junta is home to the largest set of dinosaur tracks in North America. The dinosaur tracks are in Picketwire Canyon, which is also the home to an abundance of petroglyphs. I based the concept of the mural around these ideas, especially the dinosaur trails, because dinosaurs are awesome.

The mural was created from a 40 ft and a 15ft ladder. I quite enjoy the use of ladders and consider it to be as much of a tool of my work as the spray paint and the brushes. I like the struggle and the thrill of climbing. I like the physical workload that it adds to the creation of the art. The ladders connect me from the streets to the artwork, which are the main points of view from which I express. So this mostly behind the scenes part of the process is one of the most significant parts of creating the final product.

Bicycling is another vital part of my process. It is from a bicycle that I explore to remain inspired. Though if I don’t have a bike I walk and run. I completed as much of this project, as with all my projects by bicycle. Although when I don’t have a bike trailer, it is sometimes necessary for me to have supplies delivered by car or truck.

The visit to Picketwire Canyon, a few miles south of La Junta, was much more than I expected. The trail is a little over 16 miles round trip but absolutely worth every inch of it. I did it in the heat of summer, so it got quite hot by the afternoon. They recommend bringing a gallon of water, and I’m glad I did. By bicycle the trail is very nice, I rode my cyclocross bike through with no problems at all. The trail features a homestead, a graveyard, dinosaur tracks, lots of petroglyphs, and an old ranch. The canyon is home to Purgatoire River if you need to cool off. A very scenic and exciting place to visit. I could go on about the history and beauty of the canyon, but for now let’s just say I thoroughly recommend anybody that is up for a fantastic day adventure, go to this place.

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The visit to Picketwire Canyon, a few miles south of La Junta, was much more than I expected. The trail is a little over 16 miles round trip but absolutely worth every inch of it. I did it in the heat of summer, so it got quite hot by the afternoon. They recommend bringing a gallon of water, and I’m glad I did. By bicycle the trail is very nice, I rode my cyclocross bike through with no problems at all. The trail features a homestead, a graveyard, dinosaur tracks, lots of petroglyphs, and an old ranch. The canyon is home to Purgatoire River if you need to cool off. A very scenic and exciting place to visit. I could go on about the history and beauty of the canyon, but for now let’s just say I thoroughly recommend anybody that is up for a fantastic day adventure, go to this place.BUY

 

The visit to Picketwire Canyon, a few miles south of La Junta, was much more than I expected. The trail is a little over 16 miles round trip but absolutely worth every inch of it. I did it in the heat of summer, so it got quite hot by the afternoon. They recommend bringing a gallon of water, and I’m glad I did. By bicycle the trail is very nice, I rode my cyclocross bike through with no problems at all. The trail features a homestead, a graveyard, dinosaur tracks, lots of petroglyphs, and an old ranch. The canyon is home to Purgatoire River if you need to cool off. A very scenic and exciting place to visit. I could go on about the history and beauty of the canyon, but for now let’s just say I thoroughly recommend anybody that is up for a fantastic day adventure, go to this place.BUY

 

The visit to Picketwire Canyon, a few miles south of La Junta, was much more than I expected. The trail is a little over 16 miles round trip but absolutely worth every inch of it. I did it in the heat of summer, so it got quite hot by the afternoon. They recommend bringing a gallon of water, and I’m glad I did. By bicycle the trail is very nice, I rode my cyclocross bike through with no problems at all. The trail features a homestead, a graveyard, dinosaur tracks, lots of petroglyphs, and an old ranch. The canyon is home to Purgatoire River if you need to cool off. A very scenic and exciting place to visit. I could go on about the history and beauty of the canyon, but for now let’s just say I thoroughly recommend anybody that is up for a fantastic day adventure, go to this place.BUY

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The mural painting went very smooth. The wall was south-facing (in the shade all day), I painted directly across from the train tracks, right on Highway 50, a lot of people saw me as they drove by. And I got to see tons of my favorite artists graffiti on the trains right behind me. Since I was on a highway, I didn’t get a whole lot of foot traffic, but I did meet some great hitchhikers and drifters. A couple of fellas came in on the rails, and a bunch had a look from the Amtrak as it pulled up and passed the wall.

Click the link to this dinosaur clothing that I designed. It’s through purchases of these types of products that I can continue to explore new places and create new works of art.

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La Junta was an amazing town to explore by bicycle. The town has light traffic, lots of nooks and crannies to wander around. The river runs right through the town, and there is a path that goes from one side of the city to the other right along the river.

So if you are in Southern Colorado, consider stopping by La Junta to see the mural and check out this little gem of a town.

Click the link to this dinosaur clothing that I designed. It’s through purchases of these types of products that I can continue to explore new places and create new works of art.

 

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