Monday, April 12, 2010

A Spring store window

The local grocery store (yes, we have only one!) has hired me now for about 5 years to paint a little seasonal display on their front window. I finally got this done :)

I usually do 3 a year~Spring/Summer - Fall - Winter
It would be fun to do spring bunnies or a patriotic theme in the summer but we try to keep a design that can last from Spring until fall. Last year it got so cold so fast and they didn't get the fall display off before winter arrived and we had pumpkins on this window until about 3 weeks ago :)

I started out using a black paint pen to outline the leaves on the left and it kept scraping off the paint (fun part about glass painting...NOT!) I then switched over to using a black liner brush. It took much longer than I planned and now when I look at the photo, I feel the need to go back up and make the leaves on the left match the ones of the right. We really ARE our own worst critics, aren't we? Geeeez!

See that bench in front of the window? I had to step up on that, then down, then up, then down. I was SO stiff and sore last night! I think the Brazil Butt Lift workout might have been easier :)

It's very cool and windy here today and I'm really hoping the warm, spring weather returns soon!

Have a wonderful week everyone♥



SugarberrySensations said...

it looks GORGEOUS!!!! Is it hard for you to paint that 'big'? You know what I mean?

You did a FABULOUS job dear! I mean it - and I can not tell a difference at all between the leaves on the left and the leaves on the right! =)


Fotf said...

I think you've done a great job Darla, i wish other shop owners took such pride in their windows. We have a wool/knitting shop just up from us. I have been so tempted many a time to go up and offer to dress her window for her. It has dated lady dummies in it and just looks drab and dated. I'm sure something really eye catching would work wonders. One day i might offer my services lol

priti.lisa said...

Hi Darla...It looks Fantastic!!!
Don't you love it when you get a work-out while making art :D
I am doing the art 'stairmaster'
with my ladder while I'm working on my outside wall...not seeing any results, but I sure do feel the burn.

Micki said...

I love your window displays Darla, my favourite one that i've seen of yours was the one with the birdies on it (I can't remember how long ago that was though) There must be some very happy shoppers seeing such pretty window displays!!

Micki x

Mary said...

What a fun thing to do. I love the spring flowers!!

pinkglitterfae said...

How awesome that your artwork is out there for everyone to enjoy!
Since you worked out so hard, you can now relax and have a nice cupcake.
(ok, that's an excuse I would use on myself, lol!)


~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

It looks so pretty, Darla. Good workout, girl! Wow...small town uh?
~happy monday~

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Darla,
Your painting on the window is fantastic. So bright and cheery!

What a way to get your art out there! I hope you signed in big letters, so the whole town knows you painted it. lol
Happy Painting,

Diane said...

Wonderful, wonderful!!! This would scare the heck out of me to do this. This is just so cool!

The Studio at Crow Haven Farm, LLC said...

Darla, the window looks wonderful. Makes me want to plant flowers! LOL Have a great week.

Nicola said...

Wow!!! Great job Darla!! They are very pretty and striking!!!! what a great idea to pretty up the shop window, I'd love to see what you do for the next season.

Debbie said...

Hi Darla! This is wonderful and even when I looked up close I could not see anything wrong! You did a great job! xoxo

Marie S said...

Darla this is wonderful. I used to paint windows when I was in H.S. and it is no easy feat. This looks fabulous!! Don't go back. This is way better than any windows I see around here anymore. You did good girl!!

Createology said...

How fun to paint the local store windows. We have a store here that always paints the entire bands around the windows and it really looks great. Happy painting...

Anonymous said...

It looks so happy and hopeful - i LOVE it! That would make me smile every time I went to that store. Fab!

Julie said...

That is soooo cool!One store or not...what an honor! I love your beautiful flowers! :)

Manon Doyle said...

That's so wonderful, Darla!! The window is absolutely fantastic!!

Breezy said...

Those windows are beautiful Darla!!
You have such talent!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Darla! Your window paintings are always so fabulous! Love the colors you chose. The town store surely sees the magic your window paintings bring all year round! :)

Jo said...

The window is adorable!! You did a great job, Darla!!

By the way, I just saw the infomercial for the Brazil Butt Lift! Hahahahaha!! :)

sanda reynolds Mullingar,Ireland said...

Darla, the window looks FABULOUS!!! you did a great job! I love it! Thanks so much for your sweet comment!
Lots of love and a big hug,
Sanda xoxo

Serena said...

The window painting looks FAB-U-LOUS!!! Great job, Darla!