This series came from an idea of playing with the properties involved in instant-print technology: vignetting, unusual saturated color, slight fuzziness, and a stark white border surrounding the image.

Painting this series required me to start with a grisaille underpainting (all of the tonality was worked out in fine detail in shades of grey) and then build the color with many thin glazes.

When I visit New York, I like to meet with an old friend at this trattoria in Greenwich Village. It reminds me of the Billy Joel song, Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, and on this occasion, the head waiter was very friendly. In the course of the evening (attracted as I always am by brightly colored glass) I asked if he would pose for me in front of the bar. He was delighted to do so, and immediately got into character, pretending to be shaking up a cocktail.


Carmine's Trattoria, © 2014   oil on panel

9"h x 11"w on 12" square panel