The joy of being able to create every day is what really lights me up. Commissions are one thing that allow me to do this. And they’re usually pretty straight forward – I create something beautiful in a style of my own.
For this piece – the new Roast & Toast cafe in Ouray, Colorado – three food items were requested. Not the usual fine art piece, but a fun creative challenge. So I harkened back to my graphic design skills.
I love having an assignment where art and graphic design are combined. The challenge of considering layout, color, and how the pieces work together, yet giving them a life of their own, are like problem solving.
For the Roast and Toast coffee shop triptych, I wove papers patterned with flowers and words through each painting to give them continuity. Each painting had to have a life of its own, but the three had to also work together.
Before I started, I researched vintage café art posters on pinterest. I used hand made letter stamps, and lot of scraping paint over collage to get textured backgrounds. The style is much different than my normal experimental style, but is much more illustrative.
It was a fun challenge, and will add lots of color and character to the gorgeous walls of Roast and Toast. If you’re in Ouray, Colorado, be sure to stop by 636 Main Street!