Many of you know that my first solo show held at City Cafe was more than I ever imagined or expected. Michele, Karim and the entire staff at City Cafe were just wonderful and I felt like I was part of the City Cafe Family. I wanted to thank them and express my deepest appreciation. Michele had mentioned that he wanted to talk to me about a painting of City Cafe because he had seen my Home Portraits. I thought I would surprise him with a painting of City Cafe as a thank you gift.
The photos of City Cafe are above. I wanted to capture the essence of "City Cafe", not document the location of their lease. Knowing Michele, I knew that he would be okay with me using my artistic license. Using Corel Photopaint, I merged, cut and paste, erased several photos to get an image that showed the front door to City Cafe with the outdoor seating. I moved the valet stand over, too, because when I am driving by on Lover's Lane, that valet umbrella grabs my eye and says, "We are open". I basically removed the things that were not "City Cafe" like the giant columns and the staircase going to the businesses above.
I hope you like the way I interpreted the photos. Of course, City Cafe was very gracious when I presented them with the painting.
If I did not already mention in a previous post, consider showing your work in a restaurant or coffee shop. The exposure and experience has been great. Make sure to have cards with contact information available, too.
Have a good week! Please visit me on Facebook for the latest pictures!
p.s. I had a nice little surprise last week. Cardsdirect contacted me to buy the license for the last painting I posted! I didn't even know they read my blog.