At least the ideas are here. Just working on time.
So it’s been over 10 years since the Loose Caboose Coffee House shutdown and stopped making all that racket in West Monroe & Monroe, Louisiana. I thought it would be fitting to post the artwork for the t-shirt that I was working on that final year. Before the Loose Caboose was morphed and resold to become the University Pub, then Atomic Coffee & Tea, then finally Cottonport Coffee. I hear the espresso machine is somewhere in Ouachita Parish.
My wife thinks it’s a pseudo-self-portrait. It might be a little. Inspiration for it actually came from a Billy Goat performance at the Caboose. If you drank coffee, went to show, or loitered at the Loose Caboose in the 90’s you might understand.
This is my wife Caidy’s birthday present this year. She makes sure to remind me about once a week that I “should do more art”. See she knows that before the Web, even before the graphic design degree; I would draw and paint on just about anything. It’s so hard sometimes to make time for plain ole messy art, but it’s cool to have a friend to remind you and make you miss it.
It’s a fluer de lis completed in oil and mixed media on chiseled wood. The wood was an old solid piece with a slight warp that was laying behind my shed. I worked with it for about three weeks. Chiseled at it on the patio for three hours one day while Caidy was at work. Smuggled it back and forth to work along with my paint supply tackle box and other gear. I’m lucky Caidy never went into the shed last week. She would have figured it out easily.
Here are some images of the process. They’re iphone pictures, so they may be a little funky: Continue reading “Caidy’s Birthday Fluer de Lis”