Cafe painting update

A cafe painting update for you today.
It has been a while and you might be scratching your head. But here I am, ready for another start.
So much has happened. Lots to catch up on.

Caffe e chiacchierata

Philippa Robert-cafe painting-Adelaide South Australia 2018

January, February and some of March were taken up with painting in a lively Adelaide cafe, Caffe l’Incontro.
The Fringe exhibition “caffe e chiacchierata” at the same cafe was the culmination of some delightful times painting and meeting the locals, workers and visitors.

The café paintings

Here are some images of my recent works. The first two are approximately 17x12cms and both have been sold.
The first one is Cafe Sketch, shown also on the easel in the picture above. As you can see, I had an interested bystander for a few minutes that morning. Imagine how lovely that was!

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The second painting is “Smile!”. Also 17x12cms It captures the manager at work amidst the bustle and colour.

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And this little painting is 10x10cms. It is difficult to establish in these photographs but it is smaller than it appears.
Entitled “Patience”, it is available now – just $90.

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I have another cafe painting update in the pipeline.
Because I continued to produce more paintings while the show was running, there are more for sale in the online shop or (by appointment) at the studio.
Take a look HERE and let me know what you think!

Exhibition preparation – a big fortnight for an artist

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Exhibition preparation has taken me over lately.

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So much has been happening.

The last time I posted was 16th August, over a week ago. That is a long gap in the life of a blogger but a very short time in the life of this artist at the moment.

Exhibition staging

Seascapes at Cafe Lune opened on Wednesday this week.

Sounds simple doesn’t it!

Well…..if you are an artist, and have exhibited, don’t read on. You know all this.

When we returned from a long trip earlier in August, I was immediately on a mission. Thank goodness for jet lag! I don’t think I have ever said that before. But what a burst of energy it provided early in the morning. Here is the result of some of that energy. I wrote about that in more detail last time.

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Breaking point, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm

The first task was to complete three paintings and abandon a fourth because of time pressure. That had to be done early on so I could bring my photographic records up to date before the paintings were glazed and too shiny to photograph well.

Next on the list was ordering and preparing greeting cards using the photographic images. With them “on the boil” it was time to prepare leaflets for the exhibition. They included the all important price list with thumbnail images of the works, a leaflet about my classes on offer and finally a brief biography.

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Reading between the lines? I took a trip to the cartridge refill shop for Magenta one afternoon. And another trip to the same shop on the following afternoon for Black. That will teach me to believe the “Toner Low” messages in future. Something in me wants to stretch toner as far as possible. I think the “something” is the bit connected to the budget.


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The hanging went without a hitch on the Tuesday thanks to a handy relative of the cafe owners. Subsequently I changed my mind about positioning two works which meant they were not hung in the same order as the catalogue suggested but their numbering stayed with them. No one has actually noticed or been bothered by 11 coming before 9.

As you can see from the installation shots, I have my own dedicated table for books, cards, signing up and sales. And the cafe has created a gallery area just for this show.

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Here is the feature painting “Breaking point” sitting pretty.

I have spent two afternoons on site since it began and it is fun meeting visitors and friends. Today we shared some delicious snacks with the wine and water. Just the thing.

Worth all the preparation!

I will be back in on the afternoons of Saturday 26th and Sunday 28th as well as Monday and Wednesday next week. Do drop in to Cafe Lune, 8 Jetty Road, Brighton South Australia.



More of Saltwater Series 2

The story of my life as an artist started a long time ago, but I will spare you all that. A few decades ago my friend Mary and I used to venture out into the local countryside, sometimes together, sometimes alone. As years passed and our lives changed, our view of the world changed too perhaps, because when free to take up the brushes outdoors again, we hesitated. For many years we met weekly at our houses and painted all the sorts of things possible in those settings.

Moving to a seaside house ten years ago opened another view of the world, in more ways than one. Surprisingly, the biggest change for me was how dominant the sky was (not the sea). The balcony offered a wonderful haven, with its own ‘window’ on the world.

This story is one of transition. From the studio where work was based largely on photographs, I moved to the balcony to paint. Out there I felt exposed, although I don’t think many people noticed me. Not many steps took me over to the footpath at the edge of the dunes. A month later I found myself on the top of the dunes, a week after that down on the sand and a couple of days later, in the wet sand and dodging the tide.

My previous post showed the studio works. This time, a little more of Saltwater Series 2.
Here are my steps into the outside world….

From the balcony:
Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Lone rider, Seacliff

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Sunrise on sandhill, Brighton

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Early morning, autumn

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Marino Rocks and beyond

From the footpath:
Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Beating the heat, Brighton

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Early morning sunlight

From the top of the dunes:

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

And from the sand:

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Dawn line-up

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Shining sands

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
A knowing companion

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Towards Marino

So that’s the story (so far)! Does it have a familiar ring to it?

Saltwater series 2. The bigger the better?

Here are some images of larger works from the exhibition at Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, Adelaide South Australia. You might be familiar with these.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

There are some photographs needed of paintings I ‘tweaked’ the day before delivering them to the gallery. Perhaps it might be worth a before-and-after series. (Was I wasting my time)? That would be one way to find out.