Tonight, (Thursday, September 19), I'll be live painting outside of Cafe 13 in downtown Golden. This event is part of Cafe 13's "Thoughtful Thursdays", where they benefit a local non-profit with 10% of their earnings from 3 to 10pm. When I knew that I would be painting there, the very next question was, "What do I paint?"
If you haven't visited Cafe 13 in Golden, you ought to. It's a charming restaurant and coffee shop in the very heart of our beautiful city. The inside has been renovated with a kitsch pattern of teal, brown and black and the cool tile and classy desserts inside the glass cases immediately help make you feel like you are "uptown" in a little town.
Inside, they have a little room entitled "Flo's Room", and being a person who asks these kinds of questions, I immediately wondered, "Who's Flo?" I even tried asking the internet this question, but couldn't come up with the answer. So, being an artist, I started to reimagine who "Flo" might be. I was in a humorous mood. I wanted to paint something that would me chuckle. So, all of a sudden this cat began to hang out in my mind's eye. She's quirky with a touch of country as she holds her cup of delicious Cafe 13 coffee. I'm partway through the painting, and I'll be working on it tonight. Life, at Cafe 13. Come by, check out Flo, and support an amazing little school, Welchester Elementary!
I'm super excited to announce and showcase my very first mural. This was designed on a digital platform, and was then printed on adhesive vinyl, which makes for a beautiful surface and easy removal when the mural is no longer needed.
The theme for the mural was John Gordon's book, The Energy Bus, and you can see it in person in the cafeteria of Welchester Elementary School, in Golden.
There's a special project in the works and I want to hint just a bit about it, because in a little while, I'll be posting a time-lapse video of me working on this project and that will explain more.
I've been painting in the park. While painting THE park. Or, at least the playground. This is Lion's Park in Golden, Colorado, and I've tried to make it recognizable to locals because this painting has a very special destination. It's going to belong to the Golden local who donates $423.00 to Mrs. Fish, a Golden Kindergarten teacher who hopes to use this money to buy each Kindergartner at her school a monthly book through Scholastic for the entire school year.
Prints will also be available and all the money (excepting what is needed for printing materials) will go to Welchester Elementary, a local Title 1 Elementary school). I love giving back to the local community and this little elementary school is a worthwhile recipient. The principal and teachers love their kids, and they are an amazing community of care-takers for these children. I like Mrs. Fish's wish to get each of her students a monthly book. I think we should encourage teachers who dream these kinds of dreams. If you're interested in purchasing this painting, buying a print, or supporting this school in some other way, contact me through my website. Because Golden likes to take care of its own.