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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….

 

 

 

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Let’s paint the town red or purple…


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

New Eats


If you haven’t picked up any steaks at Shannon’s lately you might have might have missed the new sign in the window two doors down.

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Looking forward to having a new place to eat in Downtown Lombard. So keep an eye out for the opening. Maybe I’ll see ya there!

Take the time


Don’t forget to fill out your survey to help make our town better. If you’re not one of the lucky 1600 people who recieved one in the mail you can always fill out your survey online!

Lombard Community Survey

Here’s a few others you might want to take part in too. It’s all about making your town better.
Metra Survey
Village of Lombard Website Redesign

It’s Almost Spring Again


In February the local Dairy Queen opens back up again in Lombard, IL. Now I know it should stay open all year round because most Lombardians would stand out there in 2 feet of snow to get their ice cream fix.

But they don’t. Come the middle November it’s all over and we have to wait.

Dairy Queen Open again

But the wait is over and I can make my way  down here on Sunday nights and get my wife’s usual and my Blizzard even in the middle of a blizzard.  The line wasn’t long tonight but give it a few more weeks.  It always takes a little bit of time for everyone to remember.

THE DAIRY QUEEN IS OPEN!

Wine Anyone?


If you have a question about wine all you need to do is ask Visal Kheam and he can give you a recommendation for any occasion.

20West has seen a lot of changes over the years and by far the best have been in the last two. When Visal came to Lombard to build a business he also wanted to give back to the community, and he does. With his expertise, not only as wine connoisseur but wanting to help causes that are important to his customers and his community.

If you haven’t been in the store in a while you owe it to yourself to see the changes he’s made. The improvements and atmosphere really lend themselves to exploring the vast selection of wines and beers he offers. If you’re not sure what you looking for just ask him or the employees, and they’ll point you in the right direction. Or just keep on the look out for his wine tasting events. There you’ll get the chance to try some wine and learn something about the bottle you’ll choose.

Click on 20West to find out more.

You can find 20 West at 20 W. St Charles, in Lombard, IL.

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Lilac Time Art Fair


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It’s Lilac Time again!  Sunday was our Local Art Fair.  There’s always a “fair” amout of art, food and fun.

Don’t forget Cruise Nights will be starting up soon! 

You can see a few more images from the event here.  If you took photos there or any where in Lombard feel free to join the Hello Lombard Flicker Group and share your visions of Lombard.  It’ free what are you waiting for?

Do you use Google Earth?  Did you know you can put images of our town right place them right where you took them.  Then anyone looking at Google Earth can view our town and know where the photo was taken.  I’ve got one up there and there plenty of other Lombardians have some up there too.

You can sign up here to put images on Google Earth.  It would be pretty cool if people would see nothing put images of Lombard when they looked at our town on Google Earth!

Let’s fill it up!