The construction staff at the Missouri State Fair built scaffolding for Hoover and a false wall onto which horizontal lines were chalked and Hoover painted over to simulate siding.
On the first of the fair, Hoover works with spray paint cans instead of paint brushes.
Linda Hoover consults a photograph of the Grant Wood painting and a photograph of her own mural as she works to blend colors in the glare of the morning sun last week.
A watercolor by Hoover illustrates the concept for the mural project. The composition has undergone some revisions. For example, Hoover said, "The woman will be holding a spray paint can instead of a paint brush," and it will include graffiti. The mural is also on the northeast side of the building. Hoover plans on completing the project on the tenth day of the fair.
Houstonia artist Linda Hoover works on the heads of two figures in a mural she is painting on the east side of the Fine Arts Building at the fairgrounds. The two-story mural is a humorous takeoff of Grant Wood's American Gothic painting with a Missouri State Fair connection. Hoover's mural is titled "New American Graffiti". "It is going from gothic to graffiti," she said.