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Summer Banners


Would you like a mug of the summer banners I created?  It might help keep you warm through these winter months.

If you’re looking for something else. You can find posters and a canvas version at my ZAZZLE store. If you have other ideas like a mouse pad or something just let me know I’ll set it up!

Now stay warm this winter!

Lombard Summer Banners!


My summer banners are up! I want to thank Bridget Doyle, Communications Coordinator for the Village of Lombard for giving me the opportunity to make some art for my town!  I really enjoyed painting the images of summer.   Here are some of the steps I took to make the paintings.

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I always start with thumbnails of drawings they help me get the composition right.  It’s also a great way to get a lot of ideas out of your head and on to the paper.  You can see all 43 thumbnails here.

 

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After Bridget and her team picked the ones they like best I did some more detailed sketches.  This helps me get an even better idea of what I want the final image to look like.  You can see all 8 of the detail sketches here.

 

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Then I set out to painting them.   I did 6 in all.  One that wasn’t included in the detailed sketches were the fireworks paintings. I made 2 versions of the fireworks.  I was just trying something out for the first time.  I had no idea how I would paint fireworks in watercolor.  But I kind of like how they turned out.  Let me tell you Lombard really puts on a great fireworks display every 4th of July!

 

Sean and his paintings

Thanks Sharon Tinker of http://www.sharontinkerphotography.com/ for taking this great photo!

Okay that’s me at The Corner House in Lombard.  Every chance I get I like to hang out there and doodle something.  So if you see me there you better bring your sketch book!

Also thanks to the Daily Herald for wanting to do a story on me.  You can read the full story here at the Daily Herald

 

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Yup, that me and my banner….

 

 

 

Ideas for Lombard


If you use Pinterest and you find great ideas out there. Drop me a line request to join my Pinterest Board, Ideas for my Town Lombard, IL.  I know we can’t do all these ideas. But it sure is fun finding clever ideas. Who knows maybe someday we can make some of these things happen!

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Do you love Lombard?


Thank You “Lombard Spectator” for doing a story on me and Hello Lombard! Hey it’s always good to get noticed. You can read the story here in case you don’t want to strain your eyes trying to read my photo.
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Speaking of getting noticed, if you love Lombard as much as I do maybe you could share your stories with me.

Want To Be A Contributor?

Want to be a contributor and share your stories, art or ideas about Lombard?  If you have any positive stories, pictures, art work, videos, poems maybe even songs about Lombard or our Downtown you can share them here.  It can be a one time story or if you want to become a regular contributor to Hello Lombard send an email to Sean McMenemy.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to try out blogging now’s your chance I can set you up.

Did you know I have a Hello Lombard Flickr Group?  Join that today and share your photos of Lombard.  Come on let’s show off a little bit.


The Corner House

Maybe we can get a group together and paint the town red, literally! We could meet at various places around town like The Corner House and sketch, doodle or paint the details that make this town great.

Carlson Art Supply

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Working from some photos of my downtown. #sketches #watercolors

Other artists call these events Sketch Crawls.  There’s also an art movement going on called Urban Sketching.

We could even end up at Carlson’s and stock up on supplies.  We could make a book, postcards, cups or even t-shirts to help promote Lombard.  I wonder if any merchants would be up for hosting gallery screenings?

You in? Drop me a line!

Sean

Shannon’s Deli, Now Open


October 6th Shannon’s Corner Butcher Shoppe & Deli opened in Downtown Lombard.  It’s just north of the the Butcher shop of the same name.  Let me tell you they have great selection of meats there and always give you the best advice on how to cook  your choice cuts.  I’m glad Shannon’s decided to open it’s 3rd or is it their 4th restaurant in Lombard.  They have several other places around the area.  It’s a nice little addition for lunch time in Lombard.  One big bonus, I just found out you can find their Deli sandwiches at The Corner House too.  Glad to see the downtown merchants working together.  I had the Chicken Salad Sandwich, GREAT!

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Just because you can find their deli fair at The Corner House you still need to stop by their regular store to take advantage of their full blown menu.  Go in and give it a try. If you like their meat selection you’ll love their menu offerings. subs, salads, soups and sandwiches. I saw someone leave with a bowl of Chili, kind of sorry I missed that. Chili is one of my favorites, oh well maybe next time.

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Actually for a smaller store they have plenty of seating and when spring comes I hope they have seating on the sidewalk.

IMG_4787Just look at all those meat choices so think of the sandwiches you can make!

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Got a sweet tooth? They also have some fine looking deserts

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On this day I had a hot dog and split pea soup.  I’ll be back for more.

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Welcome Shannon’s again to Lombard and help make them a long lasting fixture downtown.  Hope you’ll find your new favorite dish there.


The other day I was thinking, I wonder how much those “LIVESTRONG” wristbands costs. Turns out, not so much. I made 10 for about $1.40, if you make 500 they are .18 cents. So I made some for Hello Lombard. Look they even have a PURPLE our town color!

I got these at Wrist-Band.com I know who would have thunk it? I’m throwing this out there as an idea for supporting Downtown Lombard. Sell them to raise money or give them away to help show support.

I’ll buy the first 500!

Now what do you think the wrist-band should say?  Share your ideas here.

I have 8 more Hello Lombard wrist-bands if you want one just let me know I’ll be happy to send you one. Their rare only 10 of them have ever been made…

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