Sunday, June 30, 2013

River & Rail Cantina Art



A couple of months ago, I was hired to paint a bunch of paintings and murals for the new River & Rail Cantina.
 It's the newest restaurant in town that over looks the Ouachita River in Monroe on Walnut Street. In an earlier blog, I showed y'all some fun drunk donkey paintings I did for it. They were on large pieces of wood in vibrant colors.
 After completing them, the owners asked me to also paint some murals in the restaurant. Owners, Merion and Matt Sanderson, love art and it was important to them to hire local artists for their new place. Besides me, Adam Davenport did some awesome murals in the restrooms (ladies- make sure to check out the Brad Pitt look alike in the woman's restroom!!). Caroline Youngblood and Lacey Stinson also left their creative touch on the walls, and Polly Spence did some neat graffiti looking paintings in the dining area. Big THANK YOU to Matt & Merion for supporting local artists!!!
  The first mural I did was of the River and Rail logo. They wanted it to look old like the building. This is the spot it was going on.
I drew it out with a pencils and charcoal first.

Then, they decided they wanted me to add a big iguana to it too. Great idea! I sketched it out first to make sure we were all thinking the same thing for the placement of it.
 Love how it turned out
 but must say it was a little scary painting that high up! And now distance shot.

  Next, I did a painting of a spanish looking donkey beside a chalk board wall. Think 3 Amigos!! Here was the initial sketch.

The chalk board paint was purchased at Sherwin Williams and worked real well.
They can write daily food and drink specials on it.
I even added a gold tooth on the donkey!! hehehe

 Then, they wanted the yellow rail road logo painting done real big beside the elevated stage/ special dining table. This took a little time to get in proportion. I went through a lot of blue tape trying to mask it off correctly.

 I have never used over head projectors- just T-Squares, rules, tape and string. Next came the yellow paint.

 Now wording. (all done by hand-no stencils)
 And now...voila!!
(love that blue bottle light fixture)
  On a side note, our sweet little Phoebe was born last week. I was pregnant with her when I did all of these paintings. Can't wait to show her one day what "we" did!
 So far, she has been the calmest, most easy going baby. If "they" say newborns sleep an average of 16 hours a day, Phoebs sleeps 22!! Still can't believe we are a family of 4. Feeling very blessed and very thankful.
Love
Lissy
 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Studio Transform...Garage Life!

A few months ago, I realized I was never using the extra bedroom that was designated for my art studio. It was the biggest mess!!  I'd either paint at the kitchen table or in the garage. And, hubs and I realized we could really use another bed in the house when one of us was sick or company was coming over to stay. So, I started the process of changing my studio into a guest bedroom.

It was a disaster area! Paint was all over the concrete floors, the walls, etc. I had all this stuff pinned up on the walls for inspiration.
I started trying to organize it all and get the old paintings, projects, etc out of the room. Next, I had our painter come in and repaint the whole room.
Went with Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray on 3 of the walls and a rich Black on one. Then, Dupuy Flooring came in and put some nice thick shag like carpet in.
I already had the bed (been in "storage" at my parents) which I love!!
The cool painting above the bed was done by myself and two other friends at Tech (Toni Parks and Katrina Parker). It was a project for one of Ed Pinkstons's (my hero) art classes. There were actually 3 of these large paintings that all hooked together and we each each ended up with one. I will treasure it forever!!
  So, now I'm painting in the garage. It hasn't been bad.  I just recently finished up a large Swamp painting for a friend that was one of my last big commissions before Miss Phoebe comes.
 
 Ive also had a blast painting with Pearson in the garage.
Yes- paint goes EVERYWHERE!! but, I really don't care.
(The floor of garage)
We have now created some very cool works of art by him for this past Mothers and Fathers Day.
Its amazing what a matte and frame will do for some paint platters by a 16 month old!!
 I know when we go to sell this house one day, I will just repaint the walls and paint the concrete floor too. No biggie. :)

Thanks for reading!
Lissy