State Fair Mural Demo 2018

GRAFFITI, ARTDusty GilpinComment

Another GREAT year painting at the State Fair is in the books! Nancy Nortz and the crew at the State Fair are wonderful hosts and we are already planning on making the event BIGGER and BETTER for next year!

Big thanks to all the participating artists! Here are photos of all the finished panels (in alphabetical order.) Click on the artists’ name to visit their instagram page and see more of their work!








I decided to try something new this year. It didn’t come out 100%, but I definitely learned a few things, so that’s a win. I love insects and entomology, always have since I was a little kid. I thought it would be fun to try to paint one of those adorable little jumping spiders that frequent our house and eat the flies in the windowsill…

I’ve never tried to paint something dimensional and ‘realistic’ with spray paint, so this was a fun experiment. Happy with the turnout, looking forward to the next time I can try something like this again.


All in all, great fun! Big thanks to the State Fair, Nancy Nortz, and all participating artists! We’ll see you next year!

Create Here

GRAFFITI, ART, PLAZA DISTRICT, VideosDusty GilpinComment

Very honored to be invited back to paint with the Plaza Walls family. It's been 2 years since I painted the portrait of Cuz and Domingo. When Kris asked me to paint the Gatewood wall, I was tasked again with coming up with a concept... always the hardest part.

As my paint date approached, I struggled to find a good concept. Then, in a stroke of chumpness as I drove into the Plaza, it kinda hit me. I went home, told Kristen the general concept, and she helped me fine tune it. 'Don't let the lights burn out.'

I've never painted a mural with the intention of later animating it. I've seen others do it, but have never given it a go. The concept is simple, paint and photo in stages. This particular animation only took 3 stages. I'm super thankful for Nathan Poppe for helping me capture the process with his fancy camera skills.

Give the video a watch below! I'm definitely looking forward to doing more of these soon.

Real Recognize Real:

Plaza Walls is a tremendous project headed up by Kris Kanaly. He and his crew are really curating an incredible mural scene in Oklahoma City. They deserve every bit of funding and appreciation they get. Please check them out, he is doing a ton of footwork to get these murals painted and funded. These murals bring patrons to the Plaza.

Dunlap Codding has been a supporter of my art for a long time. They have invited me over two dozen times to work on paint projects in their office. I was very humbled to find out that they sponsored this mural. Big thanks to Doug and Julie.

• Before I started this mural, I was contacted by my friend Josh Kouri. His 14 year old son, Elijah, had expressed interest in illustration and mural work. Without asking for lessons, tips, art, or my time, he asked if he could help. Sometimes I am hesitant to have shadows and interns because it can be mildly burdensome. However, Elijah never hesitated to find tasks to do. When I needed to work, he watched. When he saw that something needed to done, he helped. If I asked him to do a task, he did it or learned how to do it. He helped me trim about 4 hours of work off this mural and we knocked out a majority of it in one work day. Thank you!

HabitFest 2018

ART, GRAFFITIDusty GilpinComment

I drove up to Tulsa on Saturday to hang with the Clean Hands homies and a dozen other talented artists. It was one of those fantastically long days driving up at 6am and back by 11pm, getting baked in the sun, and painting all day. Painting murals is a blast, especially when surrounded by other great artists. Big thank you to, Aaron Whisner, Jake Beeson, and Justin Baney for hosting the event and taking care of all the artists. They are a pretty great posse and I'd poach them all from Tulsa and bring them to OKC if I could. Tulsa is a much cooler town because of those dudes!


Here's a little time lapse of the paint process. Nothing too special, I'll get to practicing on my video set up and editing....