Sonntag, 21. Februar 2010

Coffee Shop paintings

Two paintings this week - they were obviously done as a series, and I just sold one of them two weeks ago.

They were inspired by photos I've taken in autumn on a not-too-sunny afternoon, almost early evening. Just that time of the year where it's not yet winter but definitely getting there. The coffee shop still had the little tables on the boardwalk, but folks were sitting inside, warming their hands on a cup of coffee, cappuccino, mocha. Watching the people go by, letting their thoughts drift. Reading the paper or catching up with a good friend.

There's something cosy and soothing about such scenes - I hope I somehow captured it.

"Coffee Shop, 4pm"
acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm

"Coffee Shop, 7pm"
acrylic on canvas
40 x 50 cm

As I said before, I've just sold "Coffee Shop, 4pm" - and since I have an exhibition coming up and don't want to hang "7pm" all on it's own, I just started on another Coffee Shop painting to go with it.
At the moment it's only at the very first stage, but I might post a sneak preview soon.

Samstag, 13. Februar 2010

Karin Jurick - A Thank You

In December posted about the portrait I did of a fellow artist for a portrait challenge over at Karin Jurick wonderful blog "Different Strokes From Different Folks". It was such a great experience and a treat to watch 180 artist rising up to the challenge.
A few days after the portraits were posted I received an email from Jill Polsby. She also took part in the portrait exchange and had a great idea: let's put together a special Thank You to Karin for starting DSFDF in general and for the December project in particular. Of course I was exited to contribute to this Thank You.

Since this was Jill's idea and hard work, I'll let her describe the project:

"In December 2009, Karin Jurick through her wonderful website "Different Strokes From Different Folks", mounted a portrait challenge. 180 people from around the world were to submit a head and shoulders photo of themselves to Karin so that some other person of the 180 would paint it. Painters painted each other anonymously and then Karin posted all of the wonderful paintings and drawings on the Blog.

She also created fantastic YouTube videos of the photo morphing into the painting. Be sure and take a look at these as well. It's a fabulous viewing experience!!
Video 1 - Video 2 - Video 3 - Video 4

As a
Thank You to Karin Jurick Tribute, 118 of the above 180 artists (those who could be located) painted a portrait of Karin from a photograph supplied to them by Jill Polsby. I've created a link to the Picasa Album for everyone to enjoy and created a Snapfish book that was mailed to Karin as a huge thank you from her fans.

I can't thank everyone enough for their enthusiastic response to this Thank You Project for Karin. Thank you!!"

So here is my version of Karin - hope she likes it!

"Karin Jurick - a driving force!"
oil on canvas
20 x 20 cm