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Brunch At The Ritz Painting - Brunch At The Ritz by Carole Spandau

Brunch At The Ritz is a painting by Carole Spandau which was uploaded on June 30th, 2010.

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Thank you Lois and Mihyoun!

the warm colors punctuated by that glorious happy blue are electrifying!!!

You are so right Carole, nothing replaces sketching here and there. We often can look back at these sketches and find the feeling of that time and place again. For my part, I only get that feeling from sketches, and not from photographs. How lucky these students were to have you. I am sure you gave quite a few of them the spirit to go on.

you inquired as to my working methods... Would that the universe would provide us with the perfectly paintable scene, just sitting there, with every variable in place.. Pehaps one ot twice during my forty years an artist have the heavens deposited such perfection at my doorstep.. but for the most part, I rely on my BeauxArts training, where with sketchbook in hand,idea in mind we scoured our urban landcape in search of greener pastures and that magically elusive PERFECT COMPOSITION but in truth,combining elements, a figure from here, a tree from there, a cloud from yonder, a shadow from somewhere colors of the heart, exhuberance from the soul, personal reference material via old photos gathered to be sure but none to replace the 15 years spent, sketchbooks in hand as day by day I led my grade 10 and 11 artclasses along the dusty sidewalks of Plateau Montreal sketching firsthand the beauty and historicity of my city The sights, smells and sounds of the city... often absent in the sterile eye of the camera.... ever present in the fond heart of the composer.

Thanks for your comment son my metro series Carole. I really love your paintings of people in cafes, especially this one. I am curious Carole, do you do sketches or do you work solely from photos, or a bit of both ???

Amazing style of work

Carole, this is a beautiful expression of friendship! Lovely composition and lively colors! Great work!!!

What a lovely setting Carole with wonderful colors. You make this painting come alive with some casual dress and a cup of tea, a few delicious bites and voila! A beautiful scene!!

A wonderful setting Carole.The color adds dimension and culture.

I love everything about this painting! Great work, Carole!

Nice painting, Carole. Great colors--great style.

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