Monday, February 26, 2007


9 x 12 inches oil on board.
This cafe is located at 1010 Wien, Führichgasse 8 across from the Albertina gallery.
This cafe is unique for its windows more than anything.
I think they do well with the crowds that spill out of the gallery across the road. This place doesn't have the same warm interior as many in Vienna but it is grand and well lit. ( a nice change from working in the dark)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a different feeling. Not the dark warm woods of the smaller coffee houses, but a light filled space. What a wonderful addition to your series. This space must be spectacular (don't tell me it looks out onto a trash bin please)

7:43 PM  
Blogger andrew said...

Thanks Robin.
This really is a brighter place and it looks out onto a small parkette that contains an interesting group of sculptures ( a war memorial in fact). Interestingly I only painted here once opting for the more intimate cafes. In retrospect I think I should have painted here more often.

Cheers.... Andrew

6:01 AM  
Blogger René said...

Awesome Andrew!

I wonder, how do you cope with onlookers? I saw your w.i.p. on WC. once, but when setting up a tripod it's a whole different ballgame i reckon?

9:31 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Hi Rene.

I usually try to tuck my tripod as close to me as possible keeping it out of the way of traffic.

Funny thing was people don't realize there is wet paint nearby and I did have a close call with a fur coat one time. What a fun process!

Cheers... Andrew

1:56 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Wow, I love your Sperl and Haweika pieces! They're so warm and have a "classy bar" atmosphere.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Nathan Fowkes said...

Thanks for checking out my blog and I'm glad to have found yours. These are rich, accurate and painterly. I especially like "cafe sperl"

2:33 PM  
Blogger Ben Mauro said...

really enjoys these. they really capture an impression of being there.

they let you paint with oils inside??

11:12 PM  
Blogger Jennifer McChristian said...

The wonderful 'airy' light you captured and use of high key colors give this painting a feeling of expansiveness and jauntiness.

1:06 AM  
Blogger Jennifer McChristian said...

By the way, will this be one of the cafes we'll be painting in September? ;-)

1:08 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Thanks BG. These places are really beautiful indeed.

Cheers... Andrew

6:36 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Thanks Nathan.
Cafe Sperl is a really amazing Cafe. It still retains its original features. I appreciate the "painterly" comment because for years i worked so tight and I've been moving away from that.

Cheers... Andrew

6:39 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Thanks for posting a comment. I checked your blog and the work is very cool!! I am a big fan of Leyendecker too.
If you haven't... you must read Norman Rockwell's book "My life as an illustrator" and the amazing Christmas dinner the Leyendecker brothers attended at his place. It will make you laugh big time.

Cheers... Andrew

6:45 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

I forgot Ben.... Yup they were fine with turps.. (I used odorless ones)

Cheers... Andrew

6:58 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Jennifer ..
your writing is as much a pleasure to read as your paintings are to look at!

This could be one of the cafes we visit (if we sign up enough people) I'll post more info on it when Stefan and I hammer out all the details.
He has a description in German on his website... Check the KURSE section.... he is one busy crazy and enthusiastic artist! (and very nice guy I might add)

You could also go to his blog and connect to his website from there.
We will be painting in the Wachau region of Austria ( a UNESCO world heritage site as I've just discovered) but checking out Vienna too.

I hope you can make it!!

Cheers.. Andrew

7:07 AM  
Blogger Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks for the info Andrew!

I'll check it out. :-)


11:34 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Hello Andrew.. making a visit your way and I can see the trip was not wasted. I'm going to cut the bullshit and just say you're a pro painter. Your drawing is skilled, subject matter interesting and paint application strong. I appreciate you coming round my neck of the woods .. I'll be checking back regular.

12:08 AM  
Blogger rob ijbema said...

i'm a great fan of your interior works,you get so much feeling in them,this one has got a nice airy atmosphere.

1:28 AM  
Blogger rob ijbema said...

wish i could come to vienna,if only for the cakes!

1:29 AM  
Blogger rob ijbema said...

wish i could come to vienna,if only for the cakes!

1:29 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Rob... Thanks!

I think you should come to Vienna for cakes AND to paint. You would have fun painting here. Maybe you will join us September!

Cheers... Andrew

7:18 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

William I really appreciate your comments. It always means so much when your peers are supportive and when you respect their work as well.

Cheers.. Andrew
P.S I'll be checking in on you regularly too.

7:20 AM  

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