WATERCOLORS

Custom Art Project : : Clearwater Beach Map

Vibrant and Fun Watercolors Meets Functional Artwork

Being the resident artist here at LGD gives me some pretty cool opportunities with clients, most recently one of those being for the newly designed Hotel Cabana on Clearwater Beach. LGD did an incredible job exuding a modern, coastal but still minimalistic feel of relaxation throughout the design, much of which parallels my own artistic style in my coastal watercolor artwork.

When the owner commissioned me to create a 3' x 4' map to hang in their entry way for every guest to see, I was beyond excited! Custom maps have really become a passion project of mine, and a way to more deeply explore the design and architecture of different buildings in structures throughout Florida. Aside from these maps becoming a gorgeous piece of 100% custom artwork, they also serve a functional purpose - helping guests navigate their way around a new city or area, all while viewing beautiful illustrations.

Work in Progress of the popular "Pearly's Beach Eats" building on Clearwater Beach.

Work in Progress of the popular "Pearly's Beach Eats" building on Clearwater Beach.

Works in progress of: The Bait House, Clear Sky Cafe, Frenchie's Original Cafe, Clearwater Ferry and Palm Pavilion. Each piece of architecture that is included in custom maps is first hand painted as a full scale painting and then layered on top of a hand painted background, digitally.

Works in progress of: The Bait House, Clear Sky Cafe, Frenchie's Original Cafe, Clearwater Ferry and Palm Pavilion. Each piece of architecture that is included in custom maps is first hand painted as a full scale painting and then layered on top of a hand painted background, digitally.

Works in Progress: Hyatt Regency and Opal Sand Resort on Clearwater Beach.

Works in Progress: Hyatt Regency and Opal Sand Resort on Clearwater Beach.

The final product!

The final product!

We're SO excited to see this hung in Hotel Cabana, let us know if you stop by and see it too! Until next time...

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BEHIND THE SCENES:: WITH THIS ARTSY DESIGNER

Alrighty, so it's no secret, I love to paint these little magical images for my clients and their future spaces. I feel like I'm painting a little dream world, that will eventually be their everyday reality. It's pretty exciting! 

The truth of the matter is, I am really an artsy fartsy nerd at heart. I just love art, painting and being creative. It's something that has been part of my life since I was a small girl, learning to paint from my great-grandmother. 

The simple fact that I get to use this in my every day "job" is amazing! I use the word "job" loosely, because what I do feels nothing like a job, it's pure enjoyment. (And to me, that is what work should be!)

So, why exactly do I opt to do this individual paintings for clients? The answer is honestly pretty simple. The environment we are creating for you is 100% custom and for you. No one else. It's honestly something that we bring to life from our creative souls. Doing these paintings is just a further extension of that. When you invest in design services, I really invest in you and your space. 

Secondly, I view your space as a work of my art, so why not enjoy some two dimensional art along the process? 

These painting really help you, the client, get the vision. These paintings are not meant to be exactly precise, or honestly, even perfectly to scale (that's what our CAD drawings are for.) They are meant to help bring the dream to life and get you really excited on the journey you are about to embark on. Truthfully, it's a bit of a relaxer for me too, a chance to unwind and breathe, it's like my yoga.

Here is a collection of a few of my favorite images:

As you can see from the images above, our clients taste really vary from one to another, which is so exciting. I love diving into a new style with every project, and trying to figure out a way to perfectly relay that beaded chandelier, or the fabric for the drapery. 

Well, that's just a little bit of the story behind the paintings you often see posted on social media and in presentations. Maybe I will be painting for you next!