Saturday, February 24, 2007

Cafe Hawelka

This Is the most photographed (and perhaps now one of the most painted) cafes in Vienna.
The light is so dim I needed to wait for my eyses to adjust before I could start painting. This is a very popular cafe and finding a seat can be a challenge at times. I chose to paint one figure under the light and waited for people to leave to paint the surrounding spaces. This was painted in oil 9 x 12 inches over an oil abstract (left over paint that had dried) so that is why all the warm reds and alizarine colours pop through. I really liked this place in spite of the clouds of cigarette smoke.


Blogger René said...

Those last two are quite big, ...
are you painting them standing or are you sitting? Doesn't anybody care about the smell of the turp?

Iam soo excited about these paintings, ... living in a small village now it makes me urge to go too a big city a.s.a.p.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been quietly viewing your work for some time. Not sure why I haven't ever commented, but it is way past due. Your interiors leave a lasting memory which I carry with me over time. I love the warmth, the freshness, and the character you give your spaces.

11:00 PM  
Blogger andrew said...

Hi Rene. Thanks for the questions.. I usually paint sitting down (in the cafes that is) That puts my coffee cup within easy reach:) I often set a tripod up to hold my easel and tuck it close to me out of the way of traffic. I have an open box m pochade box check them out... and this has worked nicely for me so far. I also use odourless turps and with all the smell of smoke in the air no one has ever noticed or commented. If you want to use water soluble oils... that is an option too. I've done that now and then as well. Grumbacher makes a line called Max that aren't bad.

6:48 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Hi Robin.
Thanks for commenting!! I really appreciate the comments and I check your blog quietly too. I thank you for the link as well. I'll add you to my link list as well.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Stefan Nuetzel said...

Another great Kaffeehaus-Painting. I don´t remember this one. The abstract quality is stupendous and I like the muted colors. For everyone who hasn´t been to Café Hawelka, it is really dark in there!
Andrew, I´ll have a coffee for you, too!

12:33 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Hi Stefan.
Thanks for the thumbs up!
I like the critters you are painting at the museum too. I miss being in Vienna and hanging out at all these great places. Have a ooffee and take your paintbox too. You'd do a great job painting the cafes.

Cheers... Andrew

7:01 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Lots of vigor in this one. I admire your ability to do the drawing that these cafe views demand. You know your perspective. Your that comment about smoke would put me off abut painting inside, but I can see how it would be a handy cover for paint odors.

11:12 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Hi William.

You are right about the smoke!! Sometimes you can barely breathe in these places but slowly some of the cafes are designating areas for non smokers.
In the summer time it's not so bad with people opting to sit outside, plus doors and windows are left open.

Cheers... Andrew

12:57 PM  
Blogger rob ijbema said...

this could be Amsterdam!
like the brown cafe's

great atmosphere yet again Andrew

have you ever,or are you planning to paint some Hunderthouses?

1:34 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Hi Rob.

I was very tempted to paint Hundertwasserhaus but never got around to it. His buildings are amazing and look like paintings in themselves.

There is no end of great things to paint in Vienna.

Cheers... Andrew

7:27 AM  
Blogger Michael Pieczonka said...

Andrew... another nice one. I don't know if it is because you painted this one over another piece to begin with... but it has a ton of atmosphere.. very smoky feel about the light.

3:05 PM  

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