In early June I returned from a fabulous week in Spain with my husband Keith and said goodbye to our friends from Berlin Yvonne and Carlo. It was my first time in Spain and everything about the country was worth a second visit. But that's another story with loads of beautiful photos. For now I want to share with you another adventure, this one of the artistic kind.
A week after returning from Spain I received an e mail from fellow Lakeside Legacy Arts Park resident artist Sara Barkley. Sara was passing on a message that the owner of The Cottage Pub in Crystal Lake was looking for someone to paint a mural for his restaurant and install it in two weeks. I contacted The Cottage and spoke to Paul Leech, the owner. I met with him the following day, took measurements of the wall, after calculating the materials cost and time it would entail I came up with the price that we agreed upon.
The mural will be created in less than 2 weeks in my studio located at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park. The owner of The Cottage Paul Leech is from Liverpool and I lived near Liverpool at one time and did post grad independent study at Liverpool University and my husband was a graduate teaching assistant.
The theme for the mural is Matthew Street in Liverpool, location of the Cavern Club, where the Beatles performed in the early part of their careers. I’ve been to England a number of times and visit Matthew Street when I am there. The mural will be complete by Thursday June 18 and the installation at the Cottage will be on June 19.
To better explain the painting process, installation and final event weekend I have put together an album with a few captions. Needless to say I had a great time with this whole mural project from beginning to end. The many years of had work in my studio, constantly refining my craft and never shy about taking on new challenges all came to together for the "Mathew Street Install".
The Northwest Herald featured the mural and weekend event at The Cottage in the Thursday entertainment section of the paper.
|The Cottage in Crystal Lake, IL. This is the 8'x 34' wall that I will transform into Mathew St., Liverpool for the Beatles Blast weekend.|
|This is view 2, from the parking lot of The Cottage.|
|The Beatles sculpture as it appears above the door of the gift shop on Mathew St. in Liverpool.|
|Above and below you can see the paintings in my studio, they are almost ready for delivery and installation.|
|Above is the painting of the John Lennon bronze sculpture that is located on Mathew St, I added the Everton and Liverpool Football Club posters on the window above to feature the local sports celebrated in Liverpool.|
|This is the photo reference that I used for the above painting of the John Lennon bronze sculpture, as it appears in front of The Cavern Pub in Liverpool|
|Here you will see Tom and his crew doing and outstanding job at installing the mural.|
|This is a view from the deck of The Cottage overlooking the mural.|
|Here is the installed mural with the entire length on view.|
|The photo above shows a view of Mathew St. in Liverpool. Below are more views of the mural at The Cottage.|
|Above and can be seen Me and my daughter Michelle in front of the mural. Michelle and her husband Matt visited The Cottage on Saturday to view and celebrate and the completed and installed mural.|
|Here is American English Beatles tribute band performing on Sunday night at The Cottage for the Beatles British Blast. It is very rewarding to see your work on view for so many happy people celebrating art, and music to together. If you missed seeing the mural this year it will be installed next June for the Beatles British Blast 2016.|