Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hand painted espresso sign

"Espresso," 2009 by Lea & Indigo Keohane. All Rights Reserved.


It's Spring Break! Which means that Indigo and I get lots of extra time together. Yay! In addition, I have been making new signs for Rich's booth--Cloud Cap Coffeeworks at the Portland Saturday Market. Because Indigo draws the cutest clouds in the universe (okay, so I'm a little biased), and because she's old enough to really be helpful (9 is VERY grown up and helpful!), I had her help me with the sign.

All of the other signs that I made are computer-generated, since they are covered with price lists and such. But this one goes on the side of the booth, and it's replacing a great big vinyl sign, so I thought I would paint it by hand. It is a massive 5 feet x 3 feet, taking up most of my living room/office/bedroom/studio floor (which is why my photo is kinda wonky)! So much fun to work on, though, especially with Indigo's help. She was able to help with almost every step, from gesso-ing the canvas, to drawing the cloud of course (she drew it in charcoal, and I painted over her lines so they would be uniform), to painting in some of the big fields of blue and purple after I carefully lined the edges.

Today is a day to myself, and I'm finishing up lots of projects, but I can't wait for tomorrow when Indigo and I can do some more projects together. I really am in love with her little clouds--maybe I can convince her to make some shrinky-dink ones and attach them to pins or magnets! Tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting, we will be hanging out on Alberta for Last Thursday, so we've got lots of stuff to make :)

8 comments:

heather@ heart on sleeve art said...

the sign is great! i think 9 is old enough for an etsy shop!!

Lucky Pebble said...

I love it.

Octavine Illustration said...

i am so very impressed by the mother-daughter teamwork...excellent, excellent results. it is absolutely beautiful...and makes me want to drink espresso on a sunny day. love the clouds. i definitely think indigo should do cloud shrinky dinks. they would be perfect as necklaces especially here in pdx where the clouds love to hang out!~

Leah said...

the sign looks great! Rich is so so very missed at the Market! Tell him Maggie is going thru punkin bread withdrawl.

LeaKarts said...

I definitely think Indigo should have her own etsy shop! Once she gets a bit of inventory built up, it could happen...

Healingstones said...

That is an adorable cloud! Your daughter has inherited your gift methinks.

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Mary said...

OMG. I loooove iiiit! (a la Oprah)