Tayah’s Cafe

11th July to 18th July 2018

“Tayah’s Cafe”
14 x 20 inches, oil on board
Saturday 14th July is the Create Longridge event, a one-day painting challenge. This is my  attempt from last year. Tucked in the corner, I had a window into the life of a small community. Those elderly folks meet every morning at the round table, whispering local gossip loud enough for all to hear. The little girl, partway through the meal, took a free transfer to her mum’s lap.
Though completed in one day, a piece like this takes some preparation. On my first visit, I bought a meal and broke out the sketchbook, looking for visual possibilities but also to gaining the interest and trust of the staff. On a second visit I did a full size drawing to figure out the perspective of this intimate space.
I was promised my spot in the corner, but on the day of the event, the owner was present and not inclined to give me valuable space on a busy Saturday. After much pleading she relented and the fun began.

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4th July – Paintings of Plymouth, MA

4th July to 11th July 2018
In honour of 4th July, this week’s paintings feature the spot where the Pilgrims
 landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts. My lovely wife is from just a few miles North in Boston. We enjoyed fresh lobster in this very town where the first Thanksgiving meal was celebrated.
“Plymouth Pier”
12 x 10 inches, oil on board

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“Plymouth Harbor”

12 x 12 inches, oil on board
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Watching Time Go By

27th June to 4th July 2018
“Watching Time Go By”
24 x 12 inches, oil on board

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Once again I am thinking of the stages of life, the elderly contemplating the rush of youth.  For much of the life of the painting, there was a walking mother on the left side, at whom the old man was looking. However, I found that her head in the top left was taking all the attention; we couldn’t get past her. In desperation, she was reduced to a foot, travelling apace to catch the runaway child.

By the way, the gentleman also appears in my 12 foot painting “The Bench”, but his wife sadly was painted out.