Big Pictures

November 20th, 2019
Big Pictures
Young artists are bringing plain walls to life across the Hills with colour and character, forging reputations as professional creatives in the process.

19-year-old Lucinda Penn, whose work adorns the side of Stirling’s Hokey Pokey lolly shop and café, said she was grateful for the opportunity to give back to her community.

“Stirling needs more colour and excitement and I wanted to contribute to the character of the town where I've grown up,” Lucinda said.

“I approached Tim and Helen at Hokey Pokey to see if they’d be interested in having me design and paint a mural for the side of their shop.”

“They were very generous in giving me a wide scope to design the image.

“It incorporates three main elements – the shop, the town and my imagery.

“I wanted to encourage a sense of enticing flow from the carpark to the main street and I made sure to include local things like the steamroller and Stirling bird symbol.”

“I like to use a close colour scheme with strong outlines that draws emphasis to the imagery.”

Lucinda painted the mural with help from her friends as well as shop owners Tim and Helen McNamara and their children Sophie and Alice.

“Lucinda did an amazing job, we're over the moon with the result,” Tim said.

“We wanted to let people know what we did as a business, combining a traditional lolly shop with ice cream and cafe and she captured that perfectly with her first design.

“She even included Sophie's teddy coming down the slide.”

Tim said the response had been positive and that everyone got something out of the mural.

“You notice different things every time you look at it and it has been making people happy and bringing them into the shop,” he said

“The lolly shop has been in Stirling for 20 years and it's great to have this local artwork representing it.”

It was surreal for Lucinda to step back and look at the work once it was finished.

“I really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot from it.”

For Lucinda, who is finishing her first year of her communication and design degree, it was a chance the work on her passion for creating lively art in the style she had developed over years or practice.

“I’ve always been drawn towards it – art was my favourite class in primary school,” she said.

“I started designing on an iPad and it grew from there.

“I’d design images for things like phone cases, candles, mug and cards and sell them at the Stirling markets.

“When I was 13, I was drawing lots of mandala patterns and a friend recommended I set up an Instagram account to show them.

“I now have over 3,700 followers – it’s really great exposure.”

A keen netball player for Stirling, Lucinda is currently undergoing a knee reconstruction but said she hoped to be back painting soon and that one day her work would see her travel to Berlin, Mexico or New York.

“I'm currently working on an indoor piece for a restaurant in Unley,” she said.

“It’s great to be practising while I’m learning at uni – it’s a lot of work but its my passion.”

Across the Hills, a larger than life rooster has been turning heads behind Fairley's in Mount Barker, a tribute to artist Taylor Summers’ beloved rooster Booster.

“That was the best name for him, he was so full of energy and spirit,” Taylor said.

“We adopted him from a fodder store and he became the life of the party for four years.

“I painted this mural to remember all the good times we had and hopefully bring joy to anyone passing by.

“It was good to experiment again and paint over the old graffiti that was there.”

The 23-year-old from Nairne works as a graphic designer in the city for Toolbox Graphics and has been prolific in her work across the Hills, including with Mount Barker Council's Pyrographix group which painted murals in Nairne, the Hutchinson Street bridge and for Meadows Rotary.

“Designing and painting feels natural to me, albeit a passion,” Taylor said.

“I'm inspired by natural colours and shapes and it is a thrill to drastically change environments with art works.”

Taylor said she was hoping to do a series of chicken murals across the Hills.

“I love animals and birds in particular, they have so much personality.”

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