St. Elmo's Coffee Pub is an institution in Del Ray and recently it got a brand new mural. Now we've got some pretty famous musicians just lounging outside the shop with their dogs. The mural was painted by Chad Brady who lived in the area for several years but now resides in Wisconsin. It was really cool to stop by and watch the evolution of the mural as Chad worked on it. I took pictures of the mural at a few different stages.
Jim Morrison sits off to the side brooding, while Chad paints in the dog that keeps him company.
Here's a detail of Jim Morrison from the finished mural.
There are 3 dogs featured in the mural, one by Jim Morrison, one by Janice Joplin and one by Joan Baez. It's so great that Chad included the dogs because you always see dogs outside of St. Elmo's.
So here's the rough beginnings of the other side of the mural.
Here some of the painting is more fleshed out and soft shadows are added.
Chad is adding more detail to the vest Janice is wearing.
And here is a close-up of the finished mural.
Chad adding more detail to Joan Baez's face.
And here's another detail of the finished mural.
If you are in the area or just visiting Del Ray, you should stop by St. Elmo's and see the mural in person. Chad is currently working on another mural that will be on the side of the Cheesetique, which is diagonally across the street from St. Elmo's.