Seating for Plenty, 6x6"

"Seating for Plenty" 6x6" Pastel on sanded paper

What a busy week I had that I'm going to say it for my first time ever that I'm glad it's Monday!

Being a parent of young kids and also conducting life as an artist is kind of like spinning plates in a circus show. Every night this past week we had some sort of event: daughter and her 2 flute recitals, an art reception, baseball tryouts, my Dad coming to visit, and teaching after school art to grade school kids...there's more, but I won't bore you with that. Suffice it to say it's Monday and I'm back in the studio posting to my weekly blog. This blog is probably the only real consistent thing in my life, everything else is, well, just a busy life!

Here is a small painting that was painted from a visit to the Cruise-In Country Diner in Hillsboro. I painted the small country intersection of this greasy spoon restaurant a while back called The Cruise In Crossroad and then took my Dad out there to eat one day. I was really surprised to find that they serve up organically raised food, from the beef to the lettuce on the bun. The service was fabulous, a very 'homey' diner indeed. I love 50's retro and here is my way of remembering it. And no, it was not painted by memory, but by photo reference this time around.

This past week I also was accepted into a gallery in Tacoma, WA called The American Art Company. Yeahoo!

Enjoy your Monday!

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Blogger Jala Pfaff said...

Yummy color scheme.

2/15/11, 1:16 AM  
Blogger Cmichaudart said...

Very nice -- I love 6 x 6 size but you have done a grand job of packing in a lot of detail...pastel pencils???

2/15/11, 4:27 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Jala, you gotta love that retro color palette.

Cindy, I used some pastel pencil on the white areas of the chrome and my signature, that's about it. Glad you like it.

2/15/11, 10:17 AM  
Blogger Kim Vanlandingham said...

Gorgeous colors and wonderful subject. I don't usually like interiors, but you really brought this to life!

2/17/11, 7:33 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Thanks Kimberly! I've been starting to look at interior subjects more so than before which is unusual for me, so I may have more coming in the future. We'll see.

2/17/11, 12:20 PM  
Blogger Regina Calton Burchett said...

6x6? That is amazing!! The detail is great and so are the suggestions - I love the blinding light in the window and you captured the feeling of a diner so well!

2/18/11, 5:48 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

HI Regina,
Thanks so much for the warm comments. I love retro diners and glad I was able to convey the feeling of it. Thanks for dropping by!

2/18/11, 9:29 AM  

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