Shiver Cafe

Art, artist, Bar Sketch, Barry Comer, Barry Comer Artist, Cafe, Cafe Classico http://www.caffe-classico.com, cafe sketching, Caffe Classico Louisville, Cold Coffee

Despite the warm colors, the cafe was cold. Bracing for a Summer’s day, the owner had the AC turned down early in the morning. Good for me as I hate Summer.

Bad for the coffee.

Look deeply…

American Illustrator, Barry Comer Artist, Cafe Sketches, cafe sketching, coffee cup, Coffee Shop, Coffee Thoughts, drawing

Steam Crave

…into my coffee, the hundred-morning count, bottom-swirled beauty.

Deep breathing exercises for 20 inhalations.

Count down. Fire. I crave your steam, all black and hot.

Gnarl

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gnarl 2

What a great word! Gnarl perfectly describes the tree I stared at yesterday, while drinking a Coke and sketching. The gnarl has to have been years in the making, possibly without meddlesome pruning by “management”.

The time spent observing, was the perfect ending to a perfect day of food, weather and friends.

I debated leaving the drawing colorless, allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks. Possibly I should have.

Mr. Coffeehands

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coffeehands

Couldn’t resist painting with coffee while waiting for Kathy yesterday. Figuring what could go wrong, I started dipping my brush in my cup and well… coffeehands.

This may not be my best drawing, but it certainly was fun. Plus, I got to keep drinking my paint.

 

Violetta

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violetta

Tra voi tra voi saprò dividere
il tempo mio giocondo;
Tutto è follia nel mondo
Ciò che non è piacer.
Godiam, fugace e rapido
e’il gaudio dell’amore,
e’un fior che nasce e muore,
ne più si può goder.
Godiam c’invita un fervido
accento lusighier.

Violetta (as she sings to an impossible task)

Antigona

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Antigona

This is a very casual acquaintance from a cafe I frequent. She loves it and feel, that my work has been done for the day.

Flowered

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flowers

Sitting in front of me, I heard the whisper, the call. Draw us.

Cha-Cha.

Pencil and wash

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sugar

Tried something different today and last weekend. Instead of painting, then adding more contouring, I did it all before the color.

What happened surprised me.

The painting and sketch took on an extra depth that I wasn’t expecting. Content, I will definitely find an avenue to push this further.

Kicking back

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kicking back

First day of winter break and I’m relaxed. It’s raining with a steady beat and my sketching is humming along.

During the week, I bought a drawing table for the first time. The kitchen has been “creative central”, but there are too many distractions and accidents in wait.

What a perfect day to try new colors from my friend Kathy, and see what they can do.

Missed reservation

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il cing heure

If you have ever been to Paris, you know how ubiquitous café chairs, tables and people dining are. It is part of a daily routine and one I could easily adopt here. Somehow, the noises from the street and pollution never reach my table and cup of coffee.

It is a magic trick only the French know.

All day, I wondered how my favorite cafés and streets felt. The more I thought, the more angry I became. It took all morning to find peace in my heart and find a realization within. Only I can change my reality and how I felt. Anger does nothing but breed more anger.

I have chosen to feel only hope and love for my friends who live in and around the city. After all, a city is nothing without inhabitants. When I think of Paris, I think of them, their voices and laughter.

There is a song I love by Jacques Dutronc. It is called Il eat cinq heures, Paris s’eveille. It is Paris. Be safe Aline, André, your parents and sisters, Merlin and your parents, all my friends in La Fontenay sous Bois and Paris.