Yes, Melissa, there IS a Latte Lounge! This commissioned piece has a great story behind it. As I love my art to be narrative, it was a joy to create.
My client and his wife met online several years ago. After a few emails and phone conversations, they agreed to meet for coffee at a central location, as they lived in cities about 30 miles apart. D. looked up coffee houses in the mid-city, picked the Latte Lounge and sent the info to M. The appointed time came and passed. M. was desperately driving up and down and around the given address but no Latte Lounge, as was D. After multiple, harried cell phone calls, they finally met (for the first time!) at a corner gas station and went on the hunt together. Alas, the mysterious Latte Lounge was never found but Cupid’s shot was straight. The story has become part of D & M’s family lore and I was honored to put it on paper.
I like incorporating arcane details in my illustrations and paintings; there are several in the Latte Lounge, including Spike, the lizard with the mutated tail. Watercolor, gouache, colored pencil and ink on hot press Arches paper. 16″ x 12″.
It’s no great revelation that the holidays are more fun for some than others. But some buck up and participate anyway with a sporting, if slightly begrudging, attitude.
My holiday offering for 2011. May the spirit move you. Or spirits.
I’ve been blog-neglectful the past month. Busy with various projects, including rebuilding my website which is a challenge as I have no idea what I am doing! But as tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., which is pretty much the start of the (sometimes relentless) holiday season, here’s a little something to start the season properly. Cheers!
Want one for yourself? Print available at my Etsy shop.
Got an early start on this year’s artwork for Theatre Britain’s annual Christmas panto. As the text (other than the title, Dick Whittington) will change for its various uses – posters, programs, postcards, online advertising – I left negative space on the right side for the producers to use as needed. It’s a little early to book tickets for this year’s performance! but I’ll post a reminder in November. Pantos are wonderful fun!
Christmas art featuring Mary from “New Orleans Style Garden District Bloody Mary Mix”. I think she’s got everything covered for the holidays!
And here she is in her singular beauty with fabulous lime skirt!
Mary had a revamp a while back when her “owner” and I decided she needed to be a bit more…enticing. She was lovely in her first incarnation, which you can see by clicking here but was a little prim.