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This project will fund a multi-state road trip for research and documentation, in my effort to capture the perfect essence of Sears.
This project will fund a multi-state road trip for research and documentation, in my effort to capture the perfect essence of Sears.
This project will fund a multi-state road trip for research and documentation, in my effort to capture the perfect essence of Sears.
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Sears #5: Seattle

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Way back when I launched this project, as a whim I put up the reward option of, "For $3,000 I will come to your town, and paint your Sears with you in the picture." I didn't think anyone would actually go for it. But these people did: 

So as the first major destination of the trip, we hauled ass from California up to Seattle to meet up with Nancy and David at the Shoreline-area Sears (we picked this spot because I thought the retro grid pattern would be fun to paint [it was actually very annoying] and because there was a cool market next door where they could kill time when we were invariably late). Nancy and David don't actually have any strong ties to Sears, although they both work behind-the-scenes in retail (Nancy for a higher-end department store, and David at Seattle fixture Archie McPhee). They just enjoyed my paintings, and every year try to come up with a unique and lasting anniversary gift to each other. Paper, silver, gold.... Sears.

A big worry I had was that the people I'd be painting would turn out to be big weirdos or horrible goblins or something. Instead, they were lovely! Here they are in their official Sears Trip interview (conducted by Erin, if you're wondering why the camera angle is so low):

After taking a million reference photos, I caught a ferry to Vashon to hang out with my sister and Tongue Tongue* while Erin went off to have a rollicking Seattle adventure with Kate Ward and catch the flu that would haunt the rest of Sears Trip.

All that was left was to figure out how the heck I was going to paint the thing. Just doing a straightforward Sears and painting them tiny in the corner seemed kind of... lame, I guess? But after months of dilly-dallying it clicked: this should be the Drew Struzan Sears.

Layout/transfer stage:

 First layers:

More paint:

 Almost there...

 And the finished piece (which you can see much bigger here):

*Tongue Tongue:

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    1. Eric "Irk" Bercegeay on April 8, 2015

      I love getting a look at how you compose your paintings.

    2. David Wahl on April 8, 2015

      Thanks, Brandon! We haven't opened the box yet, we're going to do that together tonight. We are so excited...