As the Otter Bar & Burger takes final shape in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood, I recently completed a vintage flavored diagrammatic mural wall for the space. This was hand painted using a combination of paint markers and brushes, using Golden fluid acrylics.
The namesake mural gives the space its main visual focus and ties a lot of the colors together at the same time. The soft aged ochre echoes the butcher block tables and the grey blues are meant to relate to the painted bead-board that is used on the bar front and side walls.
The topographical map that I referred for this wasn’t dated but was obviously from quite early in Seattle’s history. A lot of the streets shown don’t even connect with one another and bare little resemblance to todays traffic layout. The rendering of the plane is not highly detailed but gets the idea across. Kenmore Air, operating out of their terminal docks on Lake Union, still uses Otters and Beavers to ferry passengers up north to the San Juan Islands and further afield, though they are the updated versions. The DHC-3 Otter debuted in 1951 and this is drawn from the proportions of that era.