The entire set production was about a week to week and a half behind schedule. That pushed the backdrop painting out as well. I was able to enlist some help from friends and family to move things along and for a while I felt like I lived at the church.
I started with a simple sketch to get the basic layout across the 5 panels. Then did a quick color sketch to figure out what colors of paint I would need. Mixing colors a half gallon at a time is different than a teaspoon full on my painting palette.
The real trick, and this was brand new to me, how do you get this 8 1/2 x 11 sketch onto a 10 foot by 20 foot backdrop. My wife, Reine, saved the day with an awesome solution: copy the sketch onto a clear transparency and use an old time overhead projector to project the image onto the backdrop. Shazam! We had it laid out in less than two hours and the painting could begin.