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.


  1. I don't tell you enough how talented you are and how much good business sense you have. Your Blog is great and I am always impressed when I came back here to see "what's up!" with you and the art world. You get accolades from the art world, but from a guy who is all thumbs, wow I love your art and you. UJ

  2. Hey UJ- thank you!!! Always makes me feel good (and loved) that you take the time to read my blog. I remember when I was little and we'd write each other. You always took the time to type me out these funny letters (even when you were guarding presidential candidates!!). Love you and miss you!!!