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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….

 

 

 

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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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

Hey let’s make a Wrist Band!


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…

Pump Up The Volume


One of the many times I was hanging out in Downtown I saw one of these traffic block-aids and it made me think.

You know Lombard has a pretty cool acronym for Village of Lombard (VOL).

You know what else Lombard has? A pretty cool place to have concerts.

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Lombard already has movies in the park along with other events that include bands. Maybe Lombard could rebrand the concerts in the park as “Pump Up the Vol”

Seems like a fun thing to try and there’s lots of local bands around.

If you’d like to know more about what’s happening around town, you can download Lombard’s Activity guide right here.