The Cooking Canvas is all about when creativity and all things culinary collide (say that 5x times fast). Given that combination, it is high time I share with you a perfect example of when all things art mix with something yummy for your tummy. Let me explain.
About a year ago, the owner of an Iowa City FroYo… short for Frozen Yogurt…Shop, called Yotopia (check out their facebook page!), approached me about designing a mural for the side of her building. As you can tell from the photo, the previous wall was a little lack luster. Being that it is the SECOND MOST pedestrian-heavy intersection in the state of Iowa, it needed some sprucing up. What better than a whimsical, Iowa-inspired landscape? I agreed immediately to be considered the lead artist for the project. That was last year.
Now, before I continue…, the frozen yogurt served is absolutely DELISH! It is locally sourced from Iowa dairy cows and the flavors are amazing. My favorite right now is Dulce de Leche. Carmelly, with a hint of cream. Tongue slap your brain out good. Anyway, it’s one of those places where you serve yourself your froyo flavors, add a bunch of toppings, and then pay for your amount, measured per ounce…at the end. At Yotopia, there are 50+ goodies to add! Fresh berries and almonds are my go-to, but they have all the fixin’s you would ever want.
So, last year the project didn’t happen. It was simply too close to school starting to begin designing and painting. Fast forward a year later, and this mural is now OFFICIALLY underway! I designed a rough draft earlier this summer and have corralled a few art students from The University of Iowa to assist (according to most rational people, a pregnant lady should not get up on scaffolding…ha!). It is an awesome, as in big, project. Over 360 square feet and the wall is 17 feet high! We hope (fingers crossed) to finish by the end of next week.
Here are some in-progress photos:
The original design
Don’t worry! That is one of my assistants, Heidi, on the ladder.
Any ideas to name the cow?
This is after day 5! (That is Ryan checking it out!)
It has been such an honor and privilege to be a part of this project. It is ironic and serendipitous how the creativity and artistry of painting this mural is a reflection of the frozen yogurt creations inside. Just think…even if you aren’t necessarily trained in fine art and mural making, you can create something wonderful to enjoy for yourself that tastes good to boot!
I will certainly post some final pictures, but in the meantime, have fun with these last few weeks in August and maybe stop by your local ice cream or frozen yogurt shop and share in the love of things good and creative.
To help with the campaign to finish the mural, check out our CrowdTilt page here. And if you can, spread the good word!
P.S. In order to honor some baby bump photo requests, I have obliged with the following picture taken just last week at 29 weeks! Enjoy!
Full of baby and frozen yogurt!