I Painted People at Epoch Coffee in the KaffeeHaus Style

Epoch Coffee painted in the style of the original Kafee Hause patrons

Epoch Coffee painted in the style of the original Kaffee Hauser

I finally stopped whining about the lack of good places to sit to paint in Epoch.  There are only two tables at Epoch Coffee that are located at a natural light source.  At every other table, I am staring into the store-front glass – which causes terrible problems when judging colors – well, you just can’t.  After looking at Kathe Kollwitz and her drawings of KaffeeHausers and taverns, I realized that the perfect way to deal with the backlighting and glare was to embrace it.  To my good fortune, there was a mom with her baby there for just a few minutes.  Also, I finally painted the guy that always stakes out the best table – it’s in the corner by the front windows, opposite the order counter.  For my fellow Austinites do you recognize him?  I crudely suggested one of his crutches in the background.  For other folks who are kind enough to stop by, isn’t this scene duplicated all over the world?   Readers, Please leave a comment if you like this style, OK?


  1. Posted November 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I love this style, though I, myself, suck at it. Keep it up; it’s great.

    PS I don’t know the old dude. I’m from Denver, though…

  2. Posted November 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Hello to Denver!

    Jon, you are one tough kid. Can’t believe that you ride in snow and cold. You would make fun of me on my sissy Bianchi with the milk crate – and I won’t get out on it if there temp is below my age :).

    My daughter’s friends are all into the fixie thang. Do you know about Yellow Bike here in Austin?

    ~Thanks for stopping by

    Lavanna Martin

  3. Posted November 22, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    hi Lavanna!
    very nice! i like this style but i think you need more light on your painting. (like boy on the left side)
    dear Lavanna. i like Kollwitz too!
    i don’t know what is “KaffeeHausers”
    is it “drawing in the cafe” ?

  4. Posted November 23, 2008 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Hi, Mohsen.

    Concerning the value problem, that is a point well-taken. I will try and work on that. It is good to get some correction from an artist that obviously understands value-massing, and you certainly do.

    KaffeeHausers – German, Austrian coffee house patrons. Supposedly, Kollwitz went into some very questionable establishments to draw, that had very little light.

    As an aside, if you will go over to facebook, you can leave me an email – if you want to talk about art. The time difference in our countries is proving kind of difficult for me to live chat.



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