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!

cafe sketch-cafe paintings-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia-2018

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

cafe paintings-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia-Smile!-2018.

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.

cafe paintings-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia-2018-patience

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!

Cafe painting. Is it outdoor painting indoors?

Outdoor painting indoors-cafe paintings-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

Cafe painting is good fun. It is a bit like outdoor painting done indoors. Is that feasible? Many people would say no. I would say a qualified “yes”.

Recent experience at a local cafe convinces me that there are some elements in common.

Differences: outdoor-indoor

There are two main differences which are controlled indoors – variations in the light and protection from the weather. They are pretty big differences from the real thing. How can I possibly claim any similarities?

cafe painting-outdoor painting indoors-outdoor painting-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

cafe painting-outdoor painting indoors-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

Similarities: outdoor-indoor

As you can see, the kit is the same. My subject matter is cafe customers. That makes the time tight, even tighter than painting outdoors. They move their limbs a lot and some move their heads in very expressive ways. More fun.
It is also another version of painting in public, under the eyes of curious people. Curious people are fine by the way, but in this case they do wonder why I am staring at them!

Painting people living their everyday lives at such close quarters feels as if I am teetering on the performer’s tightrope. There is a blurry border between the artist and their subject in this very social setting. The border is firmer outdoors where people are not my main focus.

Outdoor painting indoors-cafe paintings-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

I am enjoying the tightrope and the chance to take risks in public. Artistic risks of course! Any painting exercise in the studio or elsewhere has them. The way I find best is to accept what I produce and learn as I go. There is some evidence for learning in the series so far. They are not in order of execution. It might be fun to arrange them in order….but that would give away too many secrets.

And yes, I still think cafe painting is a bit like outdoor painting, indoors. Do you agree?