Friday, July 06, 2007

Papa Hemingway At Starbucks (click here to see my other art on eBay)

6x8 Inches, Original oil, ready to frame

I spotted this couple at a local Starbucks. The gentleman reminded me of Papa Hemingway, beard and all. I immediately knew I wanted to paint him and I grabbed one of my custom-designed paintboxes from the car -- a compact kit that looks similar to a small laptop computer.

I have found that I can work with this paintbox in my lap while sitting at an outdoor cafe and no one pays any attention. I appear to be just another laptopper working on the internet while having coffee. (I’m including a photo of my “laptop” kit for the benefit of other artists who check my blog.) I was in luck and this couple remained virtually motionless the entire time I painted this picture. I am pleased with how it turned out.

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Today’s thought to smile about:
Sitting down to start a good novel

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Blogger NorthforkArtBarn said...

Hi Tom: Great "stealth rig"! We admire your ability to blend into the background while painting. Perhaps this is what enables your subjects (Starbuckians)to be in a very casual/relaxed state, rather than in a "pose". This painting is great; and conveys that casual cafe setting, down at our usual Starbucks. Love it.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Tom Brown said...

Thanks Michelle. Wish you could have seen this guy; he really looked like Hemingway. Like a clone. They were completely unaware of me as I worked. My paintbox is a bit smaller than yours, and I didn't use a tripod. I just held it in my lap. That helps. It also helped that I actually had a cinnamon swirl and coffee while I worked. I told myself it was just to blend in, of course.

The painting shown in my "stealth kit" is another painting I did the other day when I was out on my mountain bike. I fasten the box to the back of the bike, and it lets me paint wherever I spot something begging to become a painting. Like a Boy Scout: always be prepared. :-)

8:26 PM  
Blogger craigstephens said...

Great paintings and I love the "laptop". Very cool!

10:47 PM  

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