Friday, November 14, 2014

"Coffee Break–Paris"

"Coffee Break–Paris" 30x30 oil

This is a scene that I caught out of the corner of my eye as Chris and I walked through Paris a few years ago. I just had to stop and take a photo. Just to the right of this group there was a busy corner café and these workers were obviously taking a well-earned break. 

I love how the backdrop of classic Parisian architecture frames the figures,  and also the white and black shapes that their uniforms make. I hesitated to have the figures smoking–since I abhor the habit–but for Parisian waiters it would be unrealistic if at least one of them didn't smoke.  I did compromise by switching out the woman's cigarette for a coffee cup.

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