I Painted Two Customers at Quack’s Bakery and Coffee

Two customers at separate tables at Quack's

Two customers at separate tables at Quack's

She was just lovely in silver-blue, with sun-glasses on her head.  I always call these women the “Horse women” – the Barbara Stanwick, no-nonsense good-looks.  They always have those fine-bone structures, but these are rock solid women.  They age beautifully, and can let their hair go silver.  The student next to her  had great hair.  I was afraid that he was going to cut out early, but I got him in the painting, luckily.  Behind them you will see the first two type-writer buttons of the Italian restaurant, ASTI.


  1. Posted December 16, 2008 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lavanna,

    I *love* the concept of this blog. I also love Quacks! Would you ever be interested/available for a Q&A on That Austin Girl? If so, awesome – If not, that’s totally ok too! Hope to hear back from you.


    • Posted December 17, 2008 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      Hi, Tolly.

      Thanks so much for the nice comments. We will have to set something up. I really like what you are up to on your blog.

  2. Posted December 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    On average, Lavanna, how long would you say it takes you do create one of these painterly sketches?

    • Posted December 17, 2008 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Hi, Owen.

      Well, to capture the person’s face – 10 minutes tops. They are moving all around, so actual time with brush to canvas is much shorter than that. After I get the head and/or hands in, the rest is gravy, and I can take more time.

  3. Posted December 17, 2008 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Relative to drawing with other media then. 🙂 Thanks.

  4. Posted December 20, 2008 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I just found your blog and I really like your work. I miss Austin. Especially the coffeehouses.

    • Posted December 20, 2008 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Hi, Myles.

      Thanks. Sometimes I do a good job, other days, it’s really bad. It’s such a fluid environment, outside of the studio, I can’t control much.

      Yeah, Austin is a good city. But if it were up to me, we’d be in San Angelo (I’m not kidding) – I’m a West Texas girl.



  5. Gunjan
    Posted December 21, 2008 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lavanna

    These paintings are amazing – I love the way you bring life to a canvas. It’s very real..

    Do you go to the Quack’s Bakery every day?


    • Posted December 22, 2008 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      Hi, Gunjan!

      No, I don’t go to Quack’s every day; but it is my latest favorite. My route has been: Epoch, then Spider House, Little City, Halcyon, and Cafe Medici. I also have been to Tasca Fresca and Thunderbird’s, but I didn’t get anything good enough to share here.

      Thanks for looking!


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