Painting the Bar at Spider House

Jessica Cleans the Chandelier at the Spider House

Jessica Cleans the Chandelier at the Spider House

This is one of the only interior paintings that I have done at the Spider House.  I need to paint more!   Spider  House Coffee is located in an old, clapboard house on a rise opposite Hemphill Park . The walls are of exposed long-leaf pine; the wall paper was torn off years ago.  It is not modern.  Light tries to peak in from old casement windows with rusty, cat-scratched screens.  The hardwood floors are patched and worn into footpath rivets.  There is a confused arrangement of liquor, coffee, what-knots and clutter behind the bar.

I painted Jessica, one of the wait staff of the Spider House, as she was standing on the bar, cleaning an old crystal chandelier. It turned out to be a charming little painting.  I hope that this painting captures the atmosphere of the Spider House.

As I have mentioned before, I keep an art journal entry on every painting that I do from life.  This painting has a great story…later.

Comments?  Have you been at a place like this? ~Lavanna


  1. Posted October 16, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    I looooved the spider house when I visited Austin few years ago!!!

    lovely piece lavanna!!

  2. Posted October 16, 2008 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Meli.

    Thank, you. The real proof: Does it remind you of the Spider House? 🙂

  3. michellesolange
    Posted October 17, 2008 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    I love your descriptions almost as much as the paintings!

  4. Posted October 17, 2008 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Wow, an art journal on every painting – ambitious. Good on you.

  5. trickylittleimp
    Posted October 20, 2008 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    What a great visual vignette!

  6. Posted October 21, 2008 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Imp.

    Thank you. This one sold very quickly. I am really not sure why people like it so much, as I did not think it was my best. Maybe it is all of the clutter, can’t say!

    Thank you and stop by again,

    ~Lavanna Martin

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