Chris Muhl Art © 2019

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What the heck am I going to draw on?! This easel needs to be BIG!! After a quick bout of research on Google Images, I opted to build a large version of the classic table easel.

Using wood and metal fasteners, I built a sturdy, albeit cumbersome, easel.

For the drawing surface, I acquired a large Plexiglass Acrylic Sheet. This makes for a perfectly smooth surface. Although, I’ve discovered that, on hot days, the Acrylic expands, resulting in a slightly undulating surface. This is remedied with the addition of more screws around the perimeter of the Acrylic sheet. Alternatively, drilling holes ~2-3 times larger than the diameter of the screw, and using large washers, would keep the sheet fastened to the frame, while allowing it to expand without bowing.

Given the severity of plastic related pollution in our oceans and waterways,
I was hesitant to buy a large piece of Plexiglass. In my own life, I try to minimize plastic usage, opting for reusable and easily recycled options such as stainless steel, glass, fabric, and just about any alternative I can think of. However, Plexiglass has its advantages in this situation, and I will be using this easel for many years. Should any damage occur to the surface, I will reuse the Plexiglass in other applications around my home. If I ever need to dispose of it, I will seek out a facility capable of recycling it properly.

I chose a 50″ x 10 yd roll of Stonehenge 90 lb, acid-free, fine art paper. To get the paper on the easel, the roll is placed on a roll holder at the top, pulled down over the easel surface, and taped in place.

Watch the video to see how it came together. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to comment.

I’ve never liked applying titles to myself, such as chef, carpenter, runner, sailor, or musician. I guess this is because I’m not very good at any of these things, thus, I don’t feel worthy of the title. If you have ever heard my rendition of Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” on a guitar, you would understand what I mean. My version sounds more like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in the key of T, short for terrible.

But, if I had to apply a title to myself, I suppose artist would do, as it seems to be how everyone refers to me. I’ve always loved the process of creation. To be lost in an endless expanse of creative thoughts for hours, or even days, and weeks, and months, is like a journey into the vast, unknown depths of yourself. Over the years, I’ve explored photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry design, carpentry, writing, and so on. And so it is, that art, in one form or another, has accompanied me at most times in my journey through life.

On one occasion, while at a high school award ceremony honoring the achievements of senior students, I was awoken (apparently, I had dozed off) by the sound of applause and the frantic shaking of my friend, who tried to arouse me to tell me that I had won the Bank of America Art Achievement Award. Having been jolted out of a deep slumber, I clambered up to the stage still trying to figure out where I was, and for what purpose I had been summoned.

In my life, I have worn many hats, but I’ve always come back to art in one form or another.

Today, I apply my artwork to various causes in an effort to raise awareness for pressing environmental problems. I’ve created this website to tell the story of my artistic endeavors, and it is my hope that it will inspire others to charge forward in the direction of their passions.

At the heart of all my efforts, is a desire to do some good in this world; to give back something, as a sign of appreciation for all I have taken in meeting the needs of life.

My current project is titled, Drawings for Africa. It’s a mixed media project, incorporating drawing, graphic design, and other art forms, to call attention to the increasing severity of elephant poaching in Africa.

As the project unfolds, I will be detailing its development with updates, videos and pictures, and other highlights along the way. If you would like to watch the project unfold, please follow and/or share my blog.

I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions. Together, we can make a difference in this world.

In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”