This past month, I had the amazing opportunity to paint another wall mural in one of the cutest new handmade shops on Locke Street in Hamilton, Ontario. This store is the culminating efforts of Elaine (the owner of The Local Life Port Dalhousie + Dundas), Melissa (of King Street Collective) and Lisa of Small Batch Soaps . It features locally sourced artisan goods from makers around the Hamilton, Niagara and GTA area.
Above, a progress picture at the "halfway point." It is so hard to walk away from an unfinished piece, but there is definitely so much beauty in the process.
Truth be told, I've never really spent any time in Hamilton prior to painting this mural aside from the occasional trip to Curry's Artist Materials during my university days. In the back of my mind, I had this idea of Hamilton as "the armpit of Ontario" but this could not be further from reality.
The Hamilton downtown was such a surprise.
In the few days I spent painting on location, I was able to check out some of the other local gems on Locke Street. If you love donuts and a good cup of cold brew as much as me, Donut Monster is a definite must. And the cutest little cafe called Democracy Coffee House is a great place when you need a craft beer and vegan treat this summer!
Donut Monster on Locke. Too good to not document.
And if you need the perfect selfie wall, just up the road from The Local Life, before you hit Donut Monster, there is this little alleyway with a long wall painted in this muted coral colour that couldn't be more perfect for you Instagram feed.
I'm totally right about this selfie wall. That colour. And my kid is pretty cute, no?
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is the Hamilton downtown core makes the best little day trip. The cafés, the bookstores, the one-of-a-kind clothing stores, and the artisan markets (and of course the donuts) make this little hub such a gem. Be sure to check out The Local Life on Locke next time your in the area where you can see my latest mural in person!
Above, the final piece.