Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cafe in Sun

Next week at this time I'll be in Galicia, Spain, and very likely sitting at a table just like this one, drinking an espresso and drawing a cafe in my sketchbook.

13 comments:

Altoon Sultan said...

The light in this painting is beautiful; it captures the almost bleached feeling of heat radiating off surfaces.

have a great trip!

cel said...

It is the light/shadow/color interplay that catches my attention here.

Linda said...

Beautiful! I like all the warm colors. Have fun in Galicia! I'm looking forward to seeing your work from Spain!

jane ward said...

Sounds fantastic, have a good time love the painting.

Hania said...

I love it! ou can just feel the warmth of the place.. I wish it was me sitting there

Susan Abbott said...

Thanks, Altoon. I'll see you in May--meanwhile, enjoy our Vermont spring!

Susan Abbott said...

Cel, this painting was a bit of an experiment. I used only two colors--quinacridone sienna (a very red, transparent burnt sienna made by Daniel Smith) and prussian blue. Usually I begin a watercolor landscape with a fast graphite drawing, but here I started with color shapes, drawing directly with my brush. This approach forced me to be very decisive about value and temperature, which I think is what caught your eye here.

Susan Abbott said...

Linda, thanks for writing. I'm looking forward to seeing what I paint in Spain, too! First trip there, so it will be a new landscape for me. I'll be in Madrid and Barcelona for two weeks after Galicia, and am very much looking forward to many hours in the Prado and other museums.

Susan Abbott said...

Jane and Hania, many thanks for writing. I think watercolor--transparent washes and white paper--can evoke strong sunlight like nothing else. One of the reasons it's worth working in such a technically difficult, indirect (meaning the amount of thought one has to put into painting spontaneously) medium.

F.M.Marrouch said...

Hi Susan, welcome to Galicia I´m sure you will enjoy the magnificent scenery, and Santiago de Compostela, a wonderful city.
Your paintings are great, I enjoy seeing them, I'll wait to see what you paint here, greetings.

Susan Abbott said...

Thanks so much for writing, F.M.! I am very much looking forward to seeing Galicia--I've been interested in this part of the world for a long time. I look forward to seeing what I paint here, too. It's always a bit of a mystery!

Marie Theron said...

The quick sketching, the warm colors, an absolutely perfect painting!

Susan Abbott said...

Glad you like this one, Marie--thanks for taking the time to write and let me know!