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while painting a characterization of her father on a ladder working. But one of the most interesting parts of the story is when she started the project. Mitchell-Veyna said that she was "really preg- nant" when she started and she didn't even apply to do the mural. At the time, she was drawing up designs for an architectural firm, and she had just drawn something up to show to the mural commit- tee that a mural could go up where that wall existed. Fortunately for her, she was given a green light of sorts to move forward with the project. "ey liked it and just said to put that one there," Mitchell-Veyna said. Shortly after the completion of "Orange Har- vest," she had no shortage of work to do. Impressed with her body of work, mural committees and cities began to request that Mitchell-Veyna come and put some of her art on their walls. "After that first one, people started calling. Now it's just what I do on a regular basis everyday," she said. "Usually I'm working on two or three projects at a time." Since then Mitchell-Veyna has splattered Tu- lare County and other parts of the country with her murals. She has managed to create glorious works for parks, storefronts, community centers, planetari- ums, government buildings, car lots, restaurant din- ing rooms and so much more. e process of how a mural goes from her head, through her hand and onto a wall is rather complicated. By now she has completed so many murals that at this point in her career, the technical aspects of putting her work on the wall have nearly become automatic. Because she has done so many murals over last 20 years she has mastered measuring walls and applying her designs in one way or another. At this points she knows that it takes roughly a month to complete — or a month and a half for larger murals. Of course what residents admire most is the finished product, but the creativity and design struggles to get there can be a bear. While coming up with the concept can be a singular process with the muralist in a room incorporating a committee's requests, Mitchell-Veyna is no stranger to being pulled in a few different directions at once. "You run into some [cities] where there a lot of people on the committee. A lot of cooks in the kitchen, so I do what I can to try and please every- body," the well traveled muralist said. But for the most part, her ideas have been wel- comed with open arms, and it's no wonder consid- ering how long she has been an artist. Most people know her for the large canvasses she whips up but her craft began long before that.

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