Are we there yet?

September 4, 2008

Finished?  Complete?  It may be a bit premature to say…but I think we’re there!  On a project of this scale, I always let my client “live with it”  for a week or so, to make sure I didn’t miss something.  I mean, when you spend a month working with your face six inches from the surface of something so large, it’s easy to acquire tunnel vision.  Here’s a peak at Captain Flint’s Hall for  you antsy blog-lovin’ folk…

The left side is an illustrated scene from Treasure Island.

Jim Hawkins Hides in the Apple Barrel ©2008 Heather L. Young

An Adaptation of the Original Treasure Island Map ©2008 Heather L. Young

Whew!  I must say, this was one of the most intense, fun, and unique mural projects I’ve ever encountered.  I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have been able to leave my mark on a place where I have such fond childhood memories.   Buddy, if you’re reading this, I can’t thank you enough for the referral…Cathy thanks for giving me the canvas of my dreams…and to the rest of the staff…kitchen, servers, management, etc…thanks for making me feel welcome on your turf…it’s been a true pleasure!

There’s nothing quite like fresh paint. There’s just something energizing about putting the first drops of paint on a wall…especially after months of planning…Yesterday at the Pirate’s House was no different. It was my first real “paint day” and it was great to get a feel for the location, the friendly people, and the atmosphere in general. Funny how the start of every mural goes something like “this is the best canvas I have ever worked on”…I’m still pinching myself…

©2008 Heather L. Young, Captain Flint’s Hall, The Pirates House

After many months of planning, several sketches, and tons of research, I’m proud to announce my next mural will be at the famed Pirate’s House! Of course, I’ll be posting the work in progress as we move forward with the project…but here’s a peek at some preliminary sketches…

Left Side: Scene from Treasure Island: Jim Hawkins hides in the Apple Barrel, ©2008 Heather L. Young

Right Side: An adaptation of the original Treasure Island Map, ©2008 Heather L. Young

I cannot even begin to tell you how exciting it is for me to leave my mark on a place that holds such special memories for me.  I can remember begging my parents to take me there as a child, drinking my Shirley Temple in a boot mug, and pirates pirates everywhere!  Buddy, I can’t thank you enough for the referral…and special thanks to Cathy for giving me the canvas of my dreams!

Wishing you all a Happy Monday!