More cafe paintings, available now!

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More cafe paintings for you to see this time. Here are three of my favourites! I hope you like them too.

Let’s see….

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“Above it all” – acrylic on linen panel, 20x20cm. (SOLD)

 

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“A Rare Notion” – acrylic on linen panel, 20x20cm. $220 framed in charcoal-coloured wood.

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“Working with circles” – acrylic on Belgian linen, 66x61cm. $680 unframed.

So why are these my favourites?

For me, the answer to that is most often in the composition. Occasionally it is the curiosity factor.

“Above it all”

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After spending a few weeks painting the café from the mezzanine floor, I came downstairs for a change of perspective. In this case, it was also a simpler prospect because my subject was inert and stationary! Bliss after painting busy café patrons. These are the beautiful women who support the central (waterless) fountain. I was attracted by the rough symmetry and the gorgeous dull brass patina of the sculpture. Turquoise seemed to be the perfect colour to offset that. Simplicity and elegance. And sold.

“A Rare Notion”

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This beautiful model, at least her top half, was sitting in a glass case between the entrance to Gay’s Arcade and the tables of Caffe l’Incontro.  While I was painting I had seen her from the mezzanine floor and included her in my “Café sketch”. But it was a week or two before I actually ventured down for a closer look. My subject was advertising “A Rare Notion”, the curio shop upstairs in Adelaide Arcade. Another week later she was settled back in her shop-home, so I was glad I painted her when I did. An eerie stillness about her, yes, but also a stylised beauty which harked back to the 1940s. She was draped with scarves and adorned with buttons, all of which added colour to her pale form. This painting is here for you ! Available now for $220, framed plus postage.

“Working with circles”

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The mezzanine view of Caffe l’Incontro’s work-hub inspired this large studio painting. Against a backdrop of square tiles and angular shop-fronts, the circular forms of the work space makes a dramatic contrast. For an artist, working with circles has its particular challenges. I imagine that for staff, working in circles also has its difficulties. I enjoyed my work with this one and can still sense the bustle within that work-place.  In the painting the tight energy of the central circle has its echo in the dish of the overhead fountain and it softens and spreads out of the centre through the lively tiled squares. Despite the comparative size in the photographs, “Working with circles” is three times the height and width of the first two pictured. This painting is for sale and available here.

More cafe paintings

So, would you like to hear about more cafe paintings?

 

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

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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!

Cafe painting – a new obsession

Cafe painting is my new obsession.

The summer temperatures have hit the (Celsius) 40s lately. Although that doesn’t favour outdoor painting, there is plenty to paint indoors. From September last year I was lucky enough to paint in a local restaurant once a week. Over ten weeks I created a number of small painted sketches of coffee drinkers.

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When Jo Harris of Mrs Harris’s Shop offered me the chance to exhibit in the 2018 Fringe at Caffe L’Incontro in Gay’s Arcade I jumped at the chance. More cafe painting!

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The inhabitants of Gay’s Arcade are helpful and friendly. Upstairs on the balcony level there is a community of makers – jewellers, painters, a tailor, dressmakers and a printer among them.

Coffee is good downstairs and upstairs the view of the cafe and the customers is truly exciting. Small paintings are emerging and a large studio piece is on the way too.

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The Opening date is February 23rd, 6-9pm at Caffe L’Incontro, Gay’s Arcade, Adelaide. The exhibition runs until the end of March.

In the meantime, I trust you have enjoyed little holiday break too and have found plenty to inspire and delight you as 2018 begins!

 

The Studio – Open for business

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Open for business again! Yes, it has been a workplace, but we have had only a few visitors over the past few months.
And I think you know what that means. Stuff has built up. Surfaces – well, where are they? Buried or smothered. Dust has collected in the corners.
Now the TO-DO list has become TA-DA! Lots of crossing out with a flourish of the pen. And here’s why….

Open Studio

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Once again I am teaming up with my daughter Jane White to bring you lots of gift ideas at very reasonable prices. You will find plenty of variety, with tiny landscape paintings, stone and string jewellery, calendars, candles and cards on display.

Outdoor paintings

The little landscapes I will be showing are all from outdoor excursions, some of which took place in the United Kingdom earlier this year. Here is a peek at one.

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Harton Hedge, acrylic on canvas panel.(12x17cm approx)

We invite you to drop in for a browse and a chat. Check out the facebook page for the address. Otherwise you can send me a message via my contact page. This is a busy time of year already, but if you can make it Jane and I would be delighted to welcome you. The weather should be cooler by the weekend too.