Saturday, October 29, 2011
Another of the restaurant series I have been working on over the summer is this piece called Travail. Travail is located in downtown Robbinsdale and has been named as one of the top 25 restaurants in the nation. The food and atmosphere is great but I fear they will soon be growing out of their current location because of the lack of seating. Hour long waits are not uncommon.
The name is definitely unique and I wanted to highlight it in the finished piece but the only place it is highlighted is on the awning on the front of the building. The lack of a dynamic exterior forced me to come up with a unique scene going on in the front of this restaurant to make the painting interesting to look at.
This is what I came up with and visually I believe I achieved my goal of making the painting say something, to someone.
The original painting measures 26" x 26' and signed Giclee prints are available at the size of 22"x 22" for $150.00 ea.
One of my all time favorites in St. Paul is W.A.Frost & Co. Even though they do not have live music inside there is still a lot of local flavor outside the restaurant all year long. The interior atmosphere is great and the summer patio is also great on hot summer evenings. What is this painting saying to you is up to you.
The original measures 30"x30" and signed Giclee 22"x22" prints are available for $150.00
Friday, October 28, 2011
This is another "Award" type painting that I will be donating for a local high school fundraiser auction. These are always fun to do especially for high school athletics. The original of this measures roughly 30" x 36" and really is dramatic to look at. It will look good in someones den.
It has been awhile since my last post but was a very busy this summer that included a little fishing bur far short of what I wanted to do. I have been busy painting new stuff and this post contains a portrait done from a photograph. Painting from photo's can be challenging (you can only paint what you see and if the photo is murkey the finished painting tends to be murkey) This was done for a couple that live in Atlanta of their son who is heading of to college. I worked out well and they were extremely happy with the result of their sons artistic portrayal I came up with shown here. The finished painting measured roughly 24"x 36".