A digital sketchbook

May The Biscuit Be With You

Had lots of fun being given full creative freedom during the design of these chalkboard art signs for Maple Street Biscuits.  Created a social media board and a fun Star Wars tribute as I kept hearing the phrase asked to customers, "what are you in the mood for, savory or sweet?"  Hence the yin and yang symbol that helps jump start your mind when navigating a menu from breakfast and lunch items, vegan options to straight up chicken and waffles. Trust your feelings your stomach may thank you later.

Chalkboards were laid out with white charcoal pencil and painted by had with liquid chalk. For more on watching my process in action check out these videos of the project on Youtube.

StationHouse St Pete: Co-work space

Excited to announce that StationHouse has selected me to be their official chalk artist! Creating boards to match their exhibits such as sidewalk signs and update the chalks in their conference rooms and lobby.  Office space with a modern twist this location serves over two hundred members who use a mix of virtual and in person office spaces, common areas to run their business and network with other entrepreneurs and creatives.  The building itself is historical and has roots in St Pete history, check it out for five floors of adventures, cuisine, cocktails or coffee under the white brick arches located at 260 1st Ave S in downtown St. Pete, Florida.

Sign was laid out with white charcoal pencils and finished with liquid chalk markers that were drained into a container via drilling into the back of the markers and then hand-lettered by brush. Enjoy this time lapse video on Youtube of the work in action.

Holiday Boutique at FL CraftArt

Chalk sign for the new exhibit at Florida CraftArt Gallery focused on the holidays and gift ideas for yourself and loved ones.  Always enjoy working on signs for this local non-profit arts organization.  I also guide mural tours with FLCraftArt on Saturday mornings. Check out their website for more info on bike and walking mural tours. Visit the new exhibit in person which runs until December 1st at their location on 501 Central Avenue in St. Pete, Florida.

Maple Street Biscuits Menu Boards

Sign art commission by the community leader of the Central Ave location of Maple Street Biscuits in downtown St Pete, FL. This is the most chalk art I've ever done for the same client and location, almost one chalk board for each day of the week! Exciting to be working on my skills and learning from each surface and design challenge. Was definitely well fed and caffeinated on this job. Stop by their restaurant for comfort food with a modern twist. Done with liquid chalk markers, nu-pastels by Prismacolor, hand drawn with white charcoal and painted with brush.

Check out some of the time-lapse video of the work in action on my  Youtube channel and Instagram account.

Reveal: St Pete Streets

Exciting opportunity last month to be part of an official SHINE mural festival event at the Station House in St. Pete Florida. Diana Bryson commissioned me to do chalk art for her art lecture, group art exhibit and fashion show all about the intersections of street art, fashion and mural scenes, colliding to make St. Pete a unique city.  The project involved one A-frame sign as a creative directory to help guests find what was happening on each floor on the building. Also a 13 by 8 ft chalk wall that served as a selfie-station in one of the conference rooms for rent visible from the street and front entrance suitcase at 260 1st Ave South.

This was a fun project using white charcoal pencils for layout and Zig-Posterman brand liquid chalk markers for the letters, add a bit of nu-pastel chalk for pops of color and shading on the left most logo for the part of the show involving Mesu Gallery 360 and the mannequin meets spray paint can on the right. The opening night of October 12th was jam packed and great to reunite with local artists that I met last year during a group painting project at the HIVE during last years SHINE event. Knowledge was dropped during the panel discussion with local artists, art store owners and a member of the St. Pete Arts Alliance about how the city grew over time to cultivate a vibrant art community through crown jewels like the Morean Arts Center, the Dali Museum and Chihuly Collection.

Hard to believe its already November, more posts to come as many projects are being juggled at the same time. Been so busy that I've been neglecting updates on the blog. Excited to announce I'm renewing advertising through the Directory of Illustration for their 35th publication. Check out my recently updated portfolio page on their website here.