Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lunch Counter

                                      30x24 oil on canvas
This was a fun one to paint. I tried to concentrate on the abstract shapes, trusting that the total effect would look convincing. So often I think I'm abstracting, only to end up with more realism than I wanted.
This is the first year we will be spending Christmas here in Arizona, away from family. We do have plans with extended family here though- some of my husband's cousins. After Christmas we will have house guests for much of the time until we leave in mid January. I have been spending time at the fabulous clay studio here rather than painting, as anything I make there will need time to dry and then to fire and glaze and fire again. Painting may have to wait until I return to my studio in Seattle.


  1. I would love to see this painting in person! The vivid colors and shapes really pull me in.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Une très jolies composition. Un choix très judicieux de couleurs... qui en fait une belle harmonie.
    Je vous souhaite de joyeuses fêtes avec de gros bisous.

  3. Nice work Layne. It looks dynamic, and has a great push pull between the abstract and realism. It looks alive!

  4. Wonderful color palette. Happy New Year, Layne.

  5. Love the way the abstract shapes lead my eye. Great color and just a fun one to enjoy.

  6. This one looks like fun. Nice and big, too.

  7. Wonderful composition! The great color combo really makes the shapes show up.

  8. Wonderful arrangement of light moving from left to right and I love the palette.

  9. I am not even going to read the comments lest I be usurped when I say...Hello Paul Gauguin ;)

    1. Interesting you should cite Gauguin; I just saw his paintings at the Seattle Art Museum on Tuesday. He was not a conscious inspiration for this painting, but I admire his color and sense of place. I aspire to a lighter and more colorful palette in the future and you can be sure I will look to him for guidance!