The Revivalist Spirits Mural is one of the most fun projects I have worked on. I had the opportunity to really think outside of the box and play with some fun ideas.
A Little Background About the Building
Located in Elverson, Pennsylvania, Revivalist Spirits has an interesting history. Back in the 1960's this place was a hub for Hippy's that moved in and filled the upper barn walls with psychedelic murals in bright neon paints.
When Scott and Don approached me about painting the murals for this project, they wanted to pay homage to that hippy past while also telling the story of their botanically infused Gin and Whiskey. From that the ideas flooded in and I needed to pick a direction to go in.
The Idea Behind the Design
When I was designing the overall look of the flowers, I knew I wanted to create something very graphic and visually appealing, I needed to be able to use bold colors and capture the attention of passers by. I also knew I did not want to lean too much toward the Hippy flower power look. It needed to be more sophisticated, yet playful.
Since the barn is in an area surrounded by Amish country, I thought it would be fun to create a look that had a Hippy feel and a Folk Art feel. So I drew inspiration from Charlie Harper, an American modernist painter, who often painted wildlife and nature.
The second challenge I faced with the design, was how to unite the two brands, Revivalist Gins and Resurgent Whiskeys. I needed to find a balance, so both had an equal stake in the visual marketing element of the overall design. SO my solution was to paint two massive copper stills. I made the stills different in shape and painted an opening in both so you can see the ingredients inside. I also utilized the two small windows on the building to give the illusion they were part of the stills.
I couldn't be more happy with the way it tuned out! There will be more to come on this project, as I work on several murals on the inside of the building, several other exterior walls, and the silo.
Ellie McIntosh, grew up as a creative thinker. Inspired by her father, a furniture designer an inventor and musician, she took the path to creativity. Her artistic journey has taken her as far as France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Germany, Morocco, and many places throughout the United States and Mexico, where she utilized various