I had been
living in my home for about a year when Deja Bru Caféopened in the shopping centre a couple of hundred meters from my house. One day
while I was having coffee and chatting to the owner, somehow the conversation turned to what
I was doing - working as an artist and teaching art. Jess asked me if I
could do a painting with a French theme as she was looking for something for
the wall of the Café.
Back in the
studio I did a few ink sketches of Paris scenes in my sketchbook - the Eiffel Tower,
some Parisienne buildings and a few French pastries. A few days later, when
having another coffee, I produced the sketches.
I was asked:
do some café scenes? - And "The
painting needs to be quite big... "
Better still if you live in Brisbane
drop in for coffee. Deja Bru Cafe` is in McDowall Village Centre on the corner of Hamilton and Beckett Roads, McDowall 4053.
A few weeks ago I was at Deja Bru and had my large Zeta
sketchbook with me. I decided to do a sketch, and remembering Tommy Kane’s approach to drawing, this was the type of drawing where I could take my time. Also, I could include all the
many little details that make this such a unique place.
The drawing was done
over a number of visits, whenever I could get a table with the right view.
After a few visits, I often found that some items were moved to a different
shelf as Jess tweaked the décor! In desperation I took a couple of
photos for reference so I didn't have to move them in my drawing!
Deja Bru Cafe - ink and watercolour Zeta sketchbook 300mm x 420mm
Once the ink drawing was complete I started adding
watercolour. Some parts have remained black and white - I like the contrast
between the splashes of colour and the stark ink lines.
Deja Bru Cafe` celebrated its second birthday last week.
How time flies, and how lucky am I to have this little treasure on my doorstep?
And I have an extra reason to be so grateful to the team at
Deja Bru - last week while having breakfast with some friends, I dropped my pen
case containing both my old and precious Waterman and my favourite Lamy Safari
pens! I was frantic as you can imagine and searched high and low re-tracing my steps that day.
Fortunately for me, when the boys were clearing up they found my case and
kept it safely for me. Thank you, boys, for your honesty.