Another post with no picture...

...and this is only because it's yet another darkly toned canvas with red lines, but so far it's looking pretty darn good. Last of the 3 landscapes for the U of A show and then...fish! Finished work will be posted tomorrow, and I have the paintings also posted in the gallery section here. The last two have already sold! Yay! It's been a busy couple of days. Paintings have been selling, I've been training at Transcend and learning how to cup coffee...and my head kind of feels like it wants to explode. Not in a bad way...just a lot to take in and digest...but I do love it. The new job is taking little time from the studio, but the days are just filling up with emails, commission discussions, purchase discussions, archeology discussions, food discussions....

That being said, I've been asked before why I like working in cafes. The art work is enough to keep me busy all the time, but besides the fact that it isn't a super steady income, it can be a very solitary thing. To be completely honest...I get a little cabin feverish and crave interaction. I also love making delicious coffee and serving delicious coffee to people. PLUS...I am learning how to pour latte art! (I'm a dork, it's true...and I have been looking up latte art videos on youtube and practicing!) And there is really only so much stimulating one-way conversation I can have about a painting with Gershwin (my golden retriever) before he rolls his eyes and goes and gets his frisbee and waits by the door! Working in cafes also gives me great subject matter. The people, the cafe itself, pictures of coffee origins...these have all helped to inspire interesting works. I have no cafe paintings that I have painted, they are all sold...and there are so many more I want to paint! So that is why the passion for coffee in addition to my painting.

I wonder if a show about cafes would be too monotonous? Not all the SAME cafe...but various cafes...