Royal Liquor gets new Walker mural

Royal Liquor gets new Walker mural
North County artist Skye Walker adds some color to his newest mural on the south facing wall of Royal Liquor in Leucadia. Walker did a mural on the north side of the building last year. Photo by Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — The south facing wall of Royal Liquor in Leucadia just became exponentially more interesting now that North County artist Skye Walker put the finishing touches on his latest mural.

This latest mural on the liquor store wall is Walker’s tenth in North County, including the one he completed on the north side of the building last year.

With the sun breaking through the heavy marine layer that’s been socking in most of the coastline for the past several weeks, the colors of the new mural showed vibrant in the Lotus flower-like medallion centering the work with yellows, golds, reds and blues.

On one side of the building, an image of a woman’s face looking out towards the Coast Highway 101, on the other side a blue whale emerging from a turquoise backdrop.

“The theme of this is Mother Nature, circle of life, the environment, the ocean and (being) tied in together in a good way,” Walker said.

Walker used Monatana spray paints for both murals on the building, explaining that using the paints gives him the freedom of color, movement and shading.

“It’s a lot different than just using a brush, which has its own merits, but for this I really wanted to get those colors really vibrant,” he said.

Among his other murals in San Diego, Walker will be adding to them when he paints the Mesa Rim Indoor Rock Climbing Gym in downtown later this October. He’s got a few other projects lined up, he said, adding that he’s just waiting on approvals and budgets to OK’d.

“I love doing murals and bringing them in to the public’s eye,” he said.

It took Walker three days to complete the mural, and the public’s response to it has been positive.

“If it can inspire people, then I’ve done my job,” Walker said.

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