Bean Bar / by Leah Pantea

I'm pretty into my neighborhood in San Diego, and I was so stoked when Sandra + Jason at Bean Bar took me on for creating a mural in their coffee house next to the library. So far, its my largest installation to date, and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you. 

I was pretty stoked to be able to finish the work with an old friend from my undergrad, super talented guy Daniel Donovan.

 

I spent a lot of time considering how to make this mural feel like an extension of my abstract oil paintings. This meant I created the work unplanned, allowing each mark to build on the last. I wanted the hallway I worked in to surround someone unexpectedly in a new world, and for it to feel spacious and airy but with unexpected details for those who are willing to take the time. I even embellished the wall with gold, similar to what I do in my paintings. 

A huge thank you to Bean Bar for letting me work freely and trusting my process in your space. Swing through and see the space in person! 

Another huge thank you to great talent and dear friend Irene Tena for documenting this process.