Monday, March 05, 2007

Cafe Hawelka (reading the menu)


















9 x 12 inches oil on canvas board.

This is a painting of old Mr. Hawelka reading his menu. He likes to sit near the entrance on a good day and great people as they come in. He'll beckon them to a table and turn the light on over the table. (when they leave he turns the light off again)

This is the most famous and most photographed cafe in Vienna. Maybe now it is also the most painted cafe too!
This is also a very challenging place to work because it's so dark and the light keeps changing ( Mr. Hawelka keeps playing with the lights). The walls are covered with old posters and photographs and has an authentic Viennese atmosphere.

6 Comments:

Blogger william wray said...

love the chunky minimalism of the little strokes that define the guy. Masterful.

6:27 PM  
Blogger RenĂ© said...

an other awesome piece Andrew.

It's always a treat to visit your blog.

btw. your "linked." ;-)

12:11 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Thanks William.
This painting is thin in paint application (almost just a stain really) but in the very dim light of this cafe it's a challenge to even see what color you are using.
The shapes are chunky though and I found the shapes interested me almost more than the subject matter.


Cheers.... Andrew

6:18 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

Thanks Rene. I'm happy to be linked too.

What a great way to stay in touch!

Cheers... Andrew

6:19 AM  
Blogger Jared Shear said...

WOW!!...you nailed this piece. I love the mood that you have captured with the lighting/color scheme and brush strokes......makes me want to come to Vienna.

9:06 AM  
Blogger ANDREW JUDD said...

Thanks Jared.

You should go to Vienna! There are so many cool cafes there.

A painters paradise!

Cheers... Andrew

6:31 AM  

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