Installing a Free-hand Window Mural for LYT FestivalPosted on: May 11, 2021
Over the May Bank Holiday, I dodged the rain to install a hand-painted mural for LYT Festival. What's the LYT Festival? It stands for Local Young Talent and has been organised by the people behind Creative Leamington as a way of celebrating up and coming talent in our town.
Now, you may be thinking, but Michelle, you are neither young nor up and coming – and you'd be right! As a 40 year old I was too old for the age cut off of 35 and as someone who's been freelancing fulltime since 2015 I didn't fit into the latter category either.
But through the power of social media and women supporting women, I came to the attention of the organiser Martina, who invited me to be on the panel judging the entries.
Martina also invited me to install a mural as part of their initiative to brighten up some of the empty shop fronts in Leamington.
So myself and three other local illustrators, layered up against the cold and armed with our art supplies, painted murals onto four locations around the town: the old RBS bank and empty Café Rouge on Warwick Street, the empty Gusto restaurant and a window further up Warwick Street that used to be a gym (next to Neighbourhood – this one was mine).
I had never painted onto glass before, but my trusty Posca paint markers made freehand drawing a breeze.
It's held up well against all the rain we've had lately too! I drew directly onto the window using my rough concept design and some masking tape as a guide. I was particularly pleased with how the lettering and the local buildings came out.
Huge thanks to Creative Leamington for this fabulous opportunity and for all their hard work in making the LYT Festival happen. Next time you're walking along Warwick Street, stop and check out my mural at number 46.
You can find out more about Creative Leamington here: https://www.creativeleamington.co.uk/
Professional Photos by Sinead Patching