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artsy fartsy
03-07-2013, 07:46 AM
I'm going to be posting a few sketch paintings in this thread -- to show some work I've been creating (while sitting in various coffee houses)

the work was done using an ASUS EP121 slate PC (http://www.asus.com/Tablet_Mobile/Eee_Slate_EP121/) -- with Wacom pen

*** Edit: new work added Mar 24, 2013 @10 AM PST -- ON PAGE 4 (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?43880-Coffeehouse-sketch-paintings-(update-Mar-23-page-1)&p=443141#post443141) ***

'Coffee house #5'

'Coffee house #4'

'Coffee house #3'

'Coffee house #2'

'Coffee house #1'

..comments/feedback welcome!

Chad W Greene

03-07-2013, 08:07 AM
I really like that Chad. I like the slightly angular appearance. And the "coffee" palette is very appealing.

Is this done with chalk?

Reminds me of Juan Gris.


03-07-2013, 08:41 AM
This is wonderful. Love the style, the textures give it that lovely handcrafted (non digital) touch.
The warmth of the palette is delicious and the sensibility shown in the handling of the glass is my favorite part.

Only drawback I can see is that I like my coffee black with no sugar :D

03-07-2013, 09:20 AM
How appropriate that someone from Seattle would paint in a coffee house. You have painted a warm and inviting ambiance. I'm looking forward to more of your paintings.

03-07-2013, 09:34 AM
This is terrific, and very inspiring! Looking forward to more. :cool:

03-07-2013, 09:59 AM
Very effective painting, lets see more.

03-07-2013, 12:02 PM
Very well done. I like the bold simplicity.

03-07-2013, 12:31 PM
love the texture and color scheme in this painting. very artsy...

D Akey
03-07-2013, 02:15 PM
Nice. Lots of potential. The technique looks great.

03-07-2013, 03:40 PM
I like so much those brush strokes. Great painting :)

03-08-2013, 02:42 AM
Lovely brushwork, well done:)

artsy fartsy
03-10-2013, 09:42 AM
update: i added new work to Page 1 -- 'Coffee house #2' (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?43880-Coffeehouse-sketch-paintings&p=440074#post440074)

D Akey
03-10-2013, 10:01 AM
Nice painting idea -- to remove surface texture info from the objects in lieu of the texture of the canvas. The story remains, but it's more focused on an artistic look. Has a coffee house open mic night kind of feel where it's more grass roots and local feeling as opposed to highly polished like professional recordings. Anyway, very cool style.

artsy fartsy
03-11-2013, 12:18 PM
Thanks, everyone for the comments/responses!

Chad W Greene

03-11-2013, 10:48 PM
You're a natural talent. Bravo!

03-12-2013, 12:10 AM
Looks like a good start for a community project: "my mug/jar/cup of coffe"(I'm sure everyone has a favorit for the morning sip, or at least for tea...)

artsy fartsy
03-12-2013, 05:23 AM
hypotaxis: these were done entirely with the Dry roller brush -- but i constantly adjust the 'thinners and loading' settings

Orkos: agree! if anyone else wants to add their work to this thread, feel free to!

Chad W Greene

03-12-2013, 05:32 AM
Nice paintings...love the pastel look....:D

artsy fartsy
03-12-2013, 06:20 AM
update: i added new work to Page 1 -- 'Coffee house #3' (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?43880-Coffeehouse-sketch-paintings&p=440074#post440074)

03-12-2013, 08:04 AM
Very nice job! I like the atmosphere and the coffee is just as I like it! (without sugar)

03-12-2013, 09:02 AM
Artsy, these are superb.

03-13-2013, 12:27 PM
Really like your painting style. The latest one with that green/light lime color desk lamp which the light reflected on the wall. It created some kind of quiet enviroment in the coffee shop where you were. Kind of feeling you were so relaxing while painting and also so mindful into the sketch. I really like that mood the latest ones it conveys. :)

Marilyn Anne
03-14-2013, 03:10 AM
They also remind me of my love of fancy coffees.

artsy fartsy
03-16-2013, 05:16 AM
update: i added new work to Page 1 -- 'Coffee house #4' (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?43880-Coffeehouse-sketch-paintings&p=440074#post440074)

03-16-2013, 09:01 AM
The latest one is great! It's amazing, you don't have to look for to find a subject.

I love the paint roller too and use it a lot. :)

03-16-2013, 12:24 PM
All look great, like your style of painting :)

03-17-2013, 02:27 PM
Wonderful studies. Love the use of coffee and expresso colors!

03-17-2013, 10:45 PM
These are very fine works; you're really good with these; they zing.

artsy fartsy
03-18-2013, 06:48 AM
byroncallas, alkratzer, justjean, copespeak: thanks for the kind words and responses! (really appreciated)

03-18-2013, 02:53 PM
So good!!!! Thanks for posting!

03-19-2013, 09:21 AM
Beautiful work. Congratulations.

artsy fartsy
03-24-2013, 06:09 AM
update: i added new work to Page 1 -- 'Coffee house #5' (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?43880-Coffeehouse-sketch-paintings&p=440074#post440074)

..trying out new techniques -- this one was almost entirely done with watercolor (a bit of pastel/chalk in areas, as well)

03-24-2013, 06:35 AM
update: i added new work to Page 1 -- 'Coffee house #5' (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?43880-Coffeehouse-sketch-paintings&p=440074#post440074)

..trying out new techniques -- this one was almost entirely done with watercolor (a bit of pastel/chalk in areas, as well)

beautifully done... but wait, isn't that tea? where is the coffee?? ;)

03-24-2013, 06:37 AM
Man, your coffeeshop visiting just made me senior member on forum... Best place to grow up, next to a coffee...

artsy fartsy
03-25-2013, 05:17 AM
Every now and then.. i find it's important (at least for me) to 'Experiment' with new tools/techniques, etc..

for this piece.. i really wanted to push the 'textural' approach.. this was created using over 20 layers -- each set to different canvas paper settings, varying the opacity of layers, adding textures (using stencils), etc.

i was hoping to achieve a watercolor/mixed media look and feel.. used watercolor brushes, roller brushes, palette knives and some chalk variants

questions/comments and feedback-- are welcome!

'Coffee house #6'

03-26-2013, 02:22 AM
I continue enjoying very much any new addition. Thanks for sharing!

03-26-2013, 03:18 AM
Very nice indeed!!!!!:D:D:D

03-26-2013, 04:07 AM
quite an experiment and well worth it, very nice piece

03-26-2013, 09:44 AM
Warm and inviting, your coffee shops! This one has an impressionist feel to it with all those chips of colour.

artsy fartsy
03-27-2013, 05:56 AM
going forward.. i plan on doing more 'experimental' pieces.. with this subject matter/theme.. still playing around/having fun! :)

copespeak: thanks for the reply -- yes, i was looking to go after capturing this look/feel.. and introducing heavy paint strokes and lots of texture -- I feel that some areas are more successful than others.. still trying things out!

pat1940/kenmo/caesar: thanks for the responses!!

03-27-2013, 10:21 PM
I love the. warm and peaceful atmosphere you created, with the glowing light bulb almost in the centre. Beautifully done!

artsy fartsy
03-31-2013, 10:43 AM
Ulla -- thanks for the comment/response!

03-31-2013, 11:03 AM
What a great concept and wonderfully rendered. That last one is just stunning!

D Akey
04-01-2013, 05:06 PM
Well, this is based on the new pics added at the head of the thread. And although the style has changed (you know which one), it's still super groovy but more settled in and fluid and less chiseled and quick. Both approaches are great. So just splitting my comment accordingly because it's all evolving it seems. Nice stuff. Would almost expect a story to go along with it - something where they dynamic changes in the same place but is determined by different guests influencing the ambiance.

Dan Ghiordanescu
04-23-2013, 08:58 PM
LOVE the experiments, especially the last one. It is so interesting to watch, besides the black opaque mass of shadow behind the woman , i absolutely love the rest. The richness and variety of texture and this overlaying of colors really reminds my of Sargent watercolors ( i am a completely Sargent freak) . Somehow i have to rip you off sir. So it's " watercolor brushes, roller brushes, palette knives and some chalk variants".

04-24-2013, 02:18 AM
aww, the new one has different tools or different way you painted them. i was thinking about your paintings one day when i was back home as there are so many outdoors/patio coffee shops. so you know your painting/sketches have deeply inplanted in my head..haha. more please ! :D:rolleyes::o