McMenamins St. Francis Interiors 2017 — photo 47 of 62: “Ruby in the Sky” by McMenamins artist Brenna White is one of many works of art gracing the walls of their Old St. Francis School in downtown Bend, Oregon. May 2017. About this painting Brenna wrote:
“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” — Sarah Williams, from her poem From The Old Astronomer (To His Pupil).

When I began coming to McMenamins as a patron, I was always in awe of all of the wonderful artwork that adorned the walls. My husband and I are frequent customers at a number of McMenamins restaurants, and he has become a fan of the fantastic artwork as well. We have always been drawn to the work of Lyle Hehn. Perhaps it is his clean lines and attention to detail that strikes me most, because of our shared experience in the graphic design field or maybe i’’s the eccentric yet wonderful characters and concepts that make his work so recognizable. From paintings to posters, from murals to coasters — Lyle’s work is inspiring and I am one of his biggest fans.

I created a painting that showcases some of his most recognizable characters. Here Ruby is working to illuminate the sky with stars, which is a tall order to complete on your own. She has enlisted the assistance of Hammerhead, Black Rabbit and Lyle himself to help her light up the night sky before the sun comes up. As some of the stars fall below, Ruby’s partners are all there to help get them back into the sky where they belong. This painting is full of color and whimsy and hopefully shows the sense of magic that Lyle intended for his characters.
Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article My Pilgrimage to McMenamins St. Francis.
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