MITCH Revs can think of few better workplaces.
The artist, born Mitch Resevsky, has for almost two weeks been painting by the ocean to create a mural at Bar Beach Bowling Club.
"As it went on they just kept adding on more bits," Revs said. "I think they got really excited and it was turning out better than they hoped, so it went from painting a little piece of the wall to the whole wall and then I ended up painting the signage on the rooftop as well."
Revs said the mural is part of the club's three-year make-over. He was asked to incorporate nods to locals and bowlers, known as The Breakers.
"The concept I gave them was if the building wasn't there and what you can't see because it's blocking the view," he said.
"Let's paint that to reflect the ocean and the skate park and the cliff where everyone does their morning walk along the esplanade."
Revs painted for about seven hours each day, which was punctured by welcome conversations, many with older club members. "To have them on side and them being the more dominant ones that were stoked about it rather than the younger generation, that was a cool thing for me."
He said he was preparing on Thursday to paint sailboats, but four passers-by asked him where the whales were. He obliged.
"I love it, I thrive off that side of things," he said. "Making it a community piece and having people come and enjoy it, sit down and have a chat, it's almost as important as the mural itself.
"There's only so much I think of, to have an outside perspective and being able to take on those creative pointers, it's good."
The mural is one of several Revs has painted across the city in both external and internal spaces. The largest is more than 100 square metres.
"I much prefer it," he said of working on bigger canvases.
"You don't have to be as intricate.
"Because my work is so detailed when you work on a smaller scale it's just fiddly.
"As much as I do love it, you don't have to be as perfect when it's on a larger scale because you never look at it up close."
He will start work in one week on a mural at The Bradford Hotel in Rutherford.
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