Mural Mural on the Wall

Recently I was asked to design a mural for my work. We have been tasked with replacing some of the “canned” artwork that came with our store when it opened. Most of the artwork was painted by a painter (or group of artists) who works for the company and makes similar paintings for stores all over the east coast. They are based in the Boston area and generally get photos of the area and some scenes to paint.

We wanted a new look that is a little more playful for our “candy” section. I was inspired by the Tonawanda history of the carousel, so I worked that into my design. I used artwork and animals inspired by our candies: gummy bears and other gummy animals that we sell (dolphins, lobsters, sea horses, and rock fish)

This is the final painting, installed. It measures 4 feet high by 8 feet wide.

I’ll post details of the painting in following posts. See previous posts for works-in-progress photographs.


Portrait of a Lady in Blue

Often when I am asked to do a semi-permanent sign, I try to focus on animals or food items. I am making signs for a grocery store, after all. Occasionally, however I draw people or flowers. I have been redesigning the signage for our floral section the last few weeks, so I felt inclined to draw a portrait of a lady with flowers.

a lady in blue

This illustration will be featured on the reverse of one of our display “end caps” and will be a semi-permanent fixture in the store. I plan to draw another lady in a different color scheme opposite her.