Category: <span>Painting</span>


The Lighthouse Roasters Mural

In June of 2020 I completed and installed a mural for Lighthouse Roasters in Seattle located at 400 N 43rd St, in Seattle.

During the Covid19 pandemic the business requested artistic signage to adorn their facade while they partially re-open to the public. 

light house sketch sketchbook drawing 8.5x5.5
light house sketch sketchbook drawing 8.5×5.5

The process started with sketchbook drawings. The final design was later scaled-up to the full size panels using roll paper. Once fully drafted, I traced the image backwards and pressure-transferred the drawings onto the final surface in my studio.

Lighthouse drawing graphite on paper  30 x 156 inches
Lighthouse drawing graphite on paper 30 x 156 inches

Utilizing traditional painting methods I rendered the image freehand in sections but took care to color match each panel to the next.

Mural in progress Studio view acrylic on panel 30 x 156 inches
Mural in progress – studio view, acrylic on panel, 30 x 156 inches

The first panel installed included signage as the business was open with limited hours. The verbiage requested asked customers to Social Distance, to wear a mask and preferred that they perform card transactions. I made light of bank card aesthetics with type and effects using silver paint and the company logo as the chip hologram. 

I delivered the centerpiece and final small panel a week later. The imagery relates to the company name “Lighthouse” and their core business of delivering coffee shots and bags of whole beans or grounds

The Lighthouse Mural, acrylic on panel, 30 x 156 inches,  2020
The Lighthouse Mural, acrylic on panel, 30 x 156 inches, 2020

Humans of all colors casually soak in individual cups of coffee and are tied with payer flags to an uprooted lighthouse floating in the sky. In the distance are mountains of lighthouse labeled bags jutting out of an island of coffee beans.

Coffee Bean Island (detail), acrylic on panel, 30 x 24 inches.  2020
Coffee Bean Island (detail), acrylic on panel, 30 x 24 inches. 2020

The total width of the mural is just under 13 feet and fills nearly half the hight of the storefront windows. The colors used were intentionally selected to match those of the building. The sectional panels are designed so if the signage needs to be changed in the future, that it can be done so with relative ease. 

Lighthouse Mural (installation view)
Lighthouse Mural (installation view)

The mural is visible from across the street or from passing vehicles on the corner of North 43rd and Phinney Ave. North in Seattle’s upper Fremont neighborhood.

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Happy Summer 2019!

Much has happened since my October 2018 missive. They are too numerous to mention. While time marches on I stay motivated and focused on meeting the requirements of tomorrow.  Here is a brief synopsis of upcoming activity at Mihalyo Studios. 

Upcoming 2019 Exhibitions

Opening June 29, 2019
The Nautilus Studio
Easter fields str. 6
42103 Wuppertal, Germany 

I will be presenting Giclee reproductions of my paintings along with visionary artists Otto Rapp and Liba W. Stambollion at the new Nautilus Studio in Wuppertal Germany, opening June 29th.
This is my first show of artworks in Europe and is a long awaited dream of mine that has finally come to fruition. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend in person but plan to appear during the opening via Internet streaming. 

Opening August 1st, 2019
Colins Pub
526 2nd Ave, 
Seattle, WA USA

Opening Thursday August 1st during the Seattle Art Fair weekend I will be presenting a wide variety of large and small scale works at Collins Pub in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. The install date is Sunday July 7th and will run for two months. The show will include representational and abstract works and will also feature a large Augmented Reality painting. 

Meanwhile back in the studio I continue to develop various projects such as my beard video, cast-paint eggs, and mini-paintings. My social media links below are the most practical way to follow these activities. 

In other news:

You might be aware that I am a partner in WORKSHOP 3D, a start-up company specializing in Augmented Reality services aimed at museums and small businesses. We have attended a number of events since last October.

The largest event was the Western Museum Association conference in Tacoma that resulted in the March release of our latest FarmAR app supporting a permanent AR display at the Quincy Historical Society and Museum in Quincy Washington.

Last week we returned from the Washington Museum Association conference that was held in Spokane WA. There we demonstrated our Quincy Museum project to the staff of dozens of museums from around the state. Many were interested in adopting our technology for future exhibits and we look forward to working with them. We are already booked to attend this October’s Western Museum Association Conference in Boise Idaho.

Have a great summer!

Cove Mihalyo

Mihalyo Painting finds home in Chile

Collector friends brought my painting Cove to their new home near Santiago Chile. It was shipped in a tube and mounted with new stretchers on-site. It hangs above their couch and is the most southern painting from my studio.

Cove finds a home in Chile