Paintings of People at Cafe Caffeine

Lacey Roop, Austin's Poetry Slam Champion, working at Cafe Caffeine

Lacey Roop, Austin's Poetry Slam Champion, working at Cafe Caffeine

Ryan, serving Joe at Cafe Caffeine

Ryan, serving Joe at Cafe Caffeine

I have one more painting of Lacey Roop that I will download tomorrow.  I haven’t heard her perform at the poetry slams here in Austin, but she won this year’s competition in the city.  Ryan, her coworker tells me that she is amazing, and that her poems are “classical and romantic”.  I was quite happy that he told me that because the paintings that I did of her are very soft and dreamy – which is kind of different than the Lacey that you might see in person.  She looks like a tall, lanky tom-boy with dreadlocks.  Can’t wait to do some more paintings at Cafe Caffeine of both Ryan and Lacey.


  1. Posted October 20, 2008 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Drawing with a brush – yes. I am reading a novel about the painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Luncheon of the Boating Party. I’m guessing, if you like fiction, you would enjoy this book. Why? At the very least is the fact that Renoir made this painting totally without any prior studies in any medium, just direct to canvas. While the book is fiction certain aspects such as that are fact and are fascinating. Bless your liberated spirit. Paint on and thanks for sharing these.

  2. Posted October 21, 2008 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Hi, Owen.

    Thank you for the Renoir suggestion. I love to read biographies of artists.

    ~Lavanna Martin

  3. ryan
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lavanna, the paintings look so good. God!, if i look at laceys face too long I swear she almost looks back. It is a Fantastic painting. I hope I’m working whenever you make your way back down south.

  4. Posted October 21, 2008 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Ryan. You are so sweet. I need to come back again, and do a better job. Thanks for inviting me back! Keep playing!

    Thank you,
    ~Lavanna Martin

  5. Posted October 21, 2008 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lavanna. Again great work. I love the quality of the work you are doing. Thomas Fluharty

  6. lacey
    Posted October 22, 2008 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    WOW!! These are absolutly fantastic. You are really really talented. I’m so glad that you found us at the cafe. It is always a pleasure to meet creative, passionate, and exciting people. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank-you and that I think your work is truly beautiful 🙂

  7. Posted October 22, 2008 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Lacey. Awe, come on. We are know that you are much better-looking than that! I would love to paint you and Ryan again, and soon.

    Keep stopping by-

    ~Thanks, Lavanna Martin

  8. Posted October 23, 2008 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    WOW, I just can’t help myself but to admire those paintings. I have always been a painting enthusiast and this is a perfect shot for me. I wish I have a good talent like that to create a beautiful artwork like that. Thanks for sharing your paintings and keep up the good work.


  9. Posted October 23, 2008 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Hi, John.

    Thanks for that, John.

    You know, if you desire to paint, you probably could. Look at my older posts on painting technique to help you build a foundation of understanding. If more people respond to my posts on technique, I will be happy to share that in a weekly post.

    In the meantime, keep training your eye with your photography (a medium that I suck at!)

    Thank you and please keep visiting –

    ~Lavanna Martin

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