The night and the cafes …and most of all the lights which are the reason for which I wanted to paint this subject.
As it was a cold and rainy evening I had no other chance than taking a picture as reference and it took me a while even to do so.
I noticed that corner of Vienna already last year and as it happens, the idea to paint it was kept in my mind for a long time. Finally I was there shortly again and the occasion came to take some photos to be used as reference- the winter mood and the waters on the street was even better that what I had in my imagination and i really enjoyed to paint the contrasts.
As usual oil on canvas
A painting that stays for the beauty of the morning hours… in a Vienna’s Café place just a calm moment with time for reading and tasting the first coffee of the day.
The light is still a soft one, the place is quiet an hot day maybe will come. Opposite to the stressful life rhythm, this subject is for me a symbol for a different way to live the day.
I had the time too on that morning, for a slow start and a painting subject was just appearing in front of my eyes without really doing any effort – it required just a fresh look to the world.
It is since a while I was planning to continue painting some interiors, this subject has many aspects that I found interesting and funny to paint : the light – the morning sunshine entering the room creating a lot of reflections and a path for the eyes… the mirror that reveal part of reality usually not visible to the observer…and the cleaning lady. She prepares the table for the day, cleaning dust and dirty – a kind of white fee that with a simple work bring the world to shine.
I am fascinated by those usual scene so normal and so beautiful. I tried to paint loose and light not” to disturb her” in her work.
Probably the last painting for 2019, inspired by a charming coffee shop in Vienna the Westend Cafe. I particularly enjoyed painting this subject from a random photo took last time I was in the city…the painting is freely inspired by the mood of a lazy wake up hours – there is a kind of promise in the morning hours when the day is open and in principle everything is still possible to happen…
The empty table is the expectations for something new to happen, the timeless place and people in the scene are witnessing the moment.
Oil on canvas 50×70 cm
Sometimes It happens, I believe that a painting is done and after looking at it on the wall I discover that more is required…the time finishes it showing me what to do 😊
Every time I am in Vienna, I sneak in this place just to smell the scent of the cakes and enjoy a good coffee. It is for sure a touristic place but i love this Konditorei where you can see those “sweet artists” working decorating cakes and every kind of wonderful creations. Especially the calm atmosphere, the precision and concentration of this gesture captured my attention – I find them simply beautiful.
Oil painting on canvas 60×70
I have not many words for this small oil painting (25x40cm), I loved the place and the light and the relaxed mood. The light and shade and the never ending view –
it reminds me poetry, Leopardi L’ infinito , the Infinity …
E il naufragar mi e’ dolce in questo mare’
This is the start of a small series of paintings dedicated to cafes and bars…the starting point is Vienna with two small pictures 20cm oil paintings on canvas.
Especially the atmosphere of those places is special, at day or night several stories happens. I like to observe people and to imagine how the destiny of each individual is related ( or not) to the others.
They are like crossroads where people stop for a moment to rest and reflect, where life can happen… i think more paintings on this subject will follow.
The first small work of the year, inspired by a instant photo I took last year im Vienna. The reference is so small that it has the value of a memory, I loved to paint with such a few information, it was easier to come back to that moment and catch it – an afternoons at Donau.
For the rest I thank my great friend, oft more or less voluntary model
Oil on canvas 20×30 cm