Monday, February 01, 2016

PAINTING IN A COFFEE SHOP by TOM BROWN

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I get a kick out of painting people in coffee shops and similar places. But I’m always aware that people could move before I’m finished so I often organize my ideas with a quick pencil sketch first as I did here.
For this painting I used the small paint box you’ve seen in YouTube videos. It looks like a laptop so nobody paid attention to me as I painted because laptops were in use all around us. The woman in the background on the left side of this painting is an example.
I started by painting the main figure first (the guy reading), just in case he moved later. He didn’t, but I like to be safe. I followed that by painting the other people in the distance. Just as I finished the two guys on the right, they got up and left. The woman on the left never moved the whole time. And the guy reading was still reading when I finished my painting and left.
Once I had all the critical stuff nailed down I could take my time refining anything that needed it. I softened edges here and there, adjusted a few colors and I added just enough detail to carry the picture.
     Then I quietly closed my “laptop” and was on my way. This was great fun to paint. If you’ve never tried painting in a situation like this I encourage you to give it a try. It’s always an adventure and you never know what to expect. But when things go well there’s nothing like it. Give it a shot!
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