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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.
“Above it all” – acrylic on linen panel, 20x20cm. (SOLD)
“A Rare Notion” – acrylic on linen panel, 20x20cm. $220 framed in charcoal-coloured wood.
“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”
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”
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”
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?