It has been a while since my last post. I took a little break from blogging. I wonder, did anyone miss it?
I'm picking up where I left off, at Monte Carlo Deli and Pinocchio Restaurant at 3103 W. Magnolia Blvd. The back room of the restaurant boasts a multitude of murals. On one wall, including the patio, there are arched niches theatrically displaying scenes from the story of Pinocchio. I'll show you the other walls another time!
The artist, Heather Rasmussen, painted the lively and detailed scenes shown below in 2006.
I have linked to a website for Heather Rasmussen, but since I don't see any paintings on her website, I'm not sure I have the right artist. Cool work though!
There is a beautiful fairy tale scene on the side of Monte Carlo Deli and Pinocchio Restaurant located at 3103 W. Magnolia Blvd. It looks as though Pinocchio has made a yummy pizza for Geppetto. It is a touching little scene, and the landscape through the arch is lovely. I like the use of shadows, particularly Pinocchio's. It is interesting that Pinocchio looks a little cartoonish compared to everything else that looks more realistic. He is obviously not a real boy yet.
I can't quite make out the artist's name but I know there are several other scenes inside and I believe it was the same artist, so hopefully the signature will be clearer on those. I'll show the interior murals another day.
( Update--the interior paintings were not done by the same artist)
On the corner of Avon and Magnolia Blvd is a blue tragedy mask with long flowing hair that you can almost hear wailing. It is a complimentary image for the home of Theatre Banshee at 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd. painted by Josie DiVincenzo and Noah Wagner.
"That mural has been the best advertisement we've had for bringing people into the store," said Larry Ross. He is the owner of Blast from the Past, a movie, TV, and comic collectibles store found at 931 Hollywood Way.
It's so true, because I noticed Frankenstein even while driviing by on Magnolia Blvd.
The artwork was painted by multi talented artist Nick Butler. The way he painted the glowing light saber appeals to me. I also like the dynamic lines created, and the choice of different genres of characters.
An underwater world of adventure is hiding behind a couple of beautiful trees. The shadows of the trees create a fascinating complement to the painting. It adds movement to the scene which was gracefully painted by an artist named Laurah. Be sure to click on the pictures to make them larger. There is so much detail among the shadows. Notice the diver between the crossed tree shadows with a school of little fish at his feet.
You can find this large mural on the side of the Aqua Adventures Unlimited building at 2120 W. Magnolia Blvd. at the corner of Myers.