Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Fresh Pressed Juice

Jus Pressé
70x50cm oil on canvas

I tried to change my style and paint on white canvas but it just doesn't suit me.  So this painting is a mixture  of smearing, veiling and alla prima.  Someone told me that the shirt of the man is too evident.  That is exactly my intent. I'm pretty happy.  

The cafe is on the corner of rue Saint Placide and rue de Cherche Midi in the 6th.  I have to go by and thank the owner for letting me photograph them at work.  Surely the waiter will recognize himself.  

The same person who commented on the shirt also said that the eyes of the waiter should have looked direclty at the viewer.  But that doesn't work in this kind of painting.  The figures if front-on must blend, therefore the waiter's eyes are less evident than the white shirt.

This is part of the new series that will hang in my stand n 102 at the GMAC Bastille from 1-4 May
I love Paris!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Diner painting

Pay Here
oil on canvas

I've been busy busy in the atelier painting for the Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain.  This is one of the Diner series.  Its complicated to get photos of cafe interiors because the people manning bars aren't keen on being  photographed.  But this place was different; the American Citizen Diner in D.C. They were so cool, just let me photograph everything.  I loved the little electric choo choo train that  chugged around the shelf on the cieling.  Can't wait to go back to D. C. for more pix.
Thanks to the staff.  I'll be sending postcards of the paintings I do as soon as possible.