|Red's Java House 11x14" oil on stretched canvas|
I took the reference photo for this in San Francisco, CA. Red's Java House is on pier 30, really close to the Bay Bridge. It's more of a diner/burger joint than a java house. It certainly caught my eye with the the way the sun was hitting it and the nice shadows, plus who could ignore the line-up of newspaper machines? Obviously the photo went in the "I'm going to paint these someday" pile. I jumped right into painting this with no real plan, just paint what was in the photo. I did edit a few things out, construction signs and some pilons that weren't adding anything to the scene. Getting the look of a chain-link fence was tricky and the sign was tough, but the real sign looks like it was done by a sign painter so I gave it a shot. I used my normal palette but snuck in the Gamblin Chromatic Black and turquoise. The Gamblin Chromatic black is just like my Sennelier netural tint in watercolour. It has a "purply" tint to it and it works really well to mix up greys.