Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Muffins on Main" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas

"Muffins on Main" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas
Every time I drive past this muffin shop, I glance inside to see people inside enjoying a muffin and a cup of coffee while chatting with friends.  I've painted this building many times, but this was the first time that I really wanted to capture the warmth of the interior.

This painting took a LONG time to come together and is painted from many different reference photos.  I started taking photos before the shop opened for business which explains the flower baskets that have since been taken down for the winter.  I kept coming back for more photos as sometimes the customers weren't clearly visible as the windows were steamed up, or, I just didn't like their shape or position.  

One of the things I like about this painting, which is a bit cheeky on my part, is that I depicted my artwork hanging inside.  Most noticeable is my "Froot Loops" painting inside the left window.  

I started by painting the shop windows as this is the focal point of the painting.  If I wasn't happy with the windows, then the painting just wouldn't work.  It was a tricky balance to depict the interior while showing the reflection of the sky and surrounding trees.  I worked slowly and purposefully until it came together.

"Muffins on Main" is a 12" square oil on canvas painting that is presented in a wood, floater frame (see additional photos below).  It is available directly from me or at  

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