Finished Orange Grove mural

Finished up the Orange Grove storefront mural at SJ’s International Food Market at 1108 Overcash Drive in Dunedin, Florida over Thanksgiving weekend.This area of town used to be part of a large orange grove back in the day. Dunedin is known as a very walkable and bike-able town, hence the nod to the  antique bike with market baskets. The town is also the spring training base for the Toronto Blue Jays. Since SJ’s IFM is family owned and operated, the Blue Jay are represented as a family of birds. The faux wood signs pointing around the corner to the patio with picnic benches and herb garden tie in to the recycled pallets used for the fresh herbs the store’s owner, Som, uses in her fresh Thai cuisine made to order and available for dining in or taking out. Find them on Facebook or @SJSINTERNATIONALMARKET.

65 painting hours went into laying down multiple primer layers for a thick, almost vinyl-like base, followed by the actual mural painting, then finished up with multiple layers of clear polyacrylic to protect the design from scratches and curious fingernails. Here are some highlights of the design, including the antique bicycle, faux wood signs and a Blue Jay family.

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Starting new mural

SJ International Food Market has opened in Dunedin, Florida and the owner, Som, has asked me to paint a mural on the front windows. There is an orange grove going across the entire front and then a few other key focal points. I had painted the windows of her other business two years ago. Was working this past week on the antique bicycle and filling up the market baskets, adding metallics and glitter. Progress shot to date:

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Sparkly supernova of glittery awesomeness

I have a lot of sparkly friends that this is for. Please continue shining on.

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Diva flashback

Oh my goodness. One of the annoying things about having gone through being the recipient of toxic chemicals being pumped directly into your heart (aka chemotherapy) is the memory loss, or rather memory vagueness of my past self. I mean, I can still sit down and type 99 words per minute and Grammar Cop the heck out of anything written, but remembering that I used to sing in a three octave range is sketchy.

Don’t remember what I started looking for on YouTube, but one of my old videos popped up in the search section, which then reminded me I had an old Caffeinated Music YT page (formerly under suzysunshineobx) with music videos I had done to either post songs I liked whilst playing with MovieMaker or to teach my past choirs songs we needed to learn. Anyway. I came across this Mozart piece that I have sung for years and recorded quickly for someone who called me from far away and who needed to learn it quickly so would I please record it for them. Talk about long ago and far away.

Try not to laugh.

Upscale Resale Update

I almost forgot to post the finished border and sign posts on Janice’s store!

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Personalized artwork

I recently made these these pieces for some boater friends that I wanted to share. I love making artwork personalized like this because it’s not just the “same old” anyone can pick up in a retail store but specific to the tastes and interests of the one it was made for.

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Storefront windows: happy splashes

I love my friend Renee. Among other cool things about her, she has fabulous taste in decor and always finds the neatest items to sell in her store. In preparation for her big 50% off everything in the store sale tomorrow, I put up some happy splashes and polka dots, and of course, tons of glitter!

Second Time Treasures, Dunedin, Florida.

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