I was recently commissioned by the wonderful Highland’s Garden Cafe to re-vamp their logo. They were happy with their older logo, but one of the problems was they only had it in a very, very small size and it was posing a problem when various marketing firms and restaurant reviewers wanted to publish their logo at the sizes they needed. We decided to keep the feel very similar to the older style, but add a new twist to it. The Cafe, one of Colorado’s top restaurants, is known not only for exquisite food, but also for its beautiful atmosphere– which includes luxurious gardens that surround the two Victorian houses of the restaurant. Patricia and Chuck Perry, the owners, have an amazing elequent style and wanted to keep that floral theme of the restaurant in their new logo.
Using the Perry’s heirloom patinated silver vase, I arranged a variety of flowers for the first stage of the process. I then photographed the flowers in the vase in my studio. Using one of my new favorite tools– Corel’s Painter X (thanks for the tips, Tanya!), I used hand painting techniques on the photograph to give the image a more painterly quality. I then created the oval setting and lettering into which I placed the flowers. The Cafe loves it and so do I!