I Painted the Man with Dreads at FlightPath Coffee

He had such a nice face

He had such a nice face

This is the first time that I have painted at FlightPath Coffee. I’ve been in there several times, and always wanted to paint at Flight Path, but empty tables are hard to come by. This morning, I stopped in and asked the owner if I could paint there. This is also the first time that I have asked to paint. I came back this afternoon, and this fellow sat down at his table as the same time as me. He was a great subject!


  1. tarosan
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    great job – I really like the deep tones – seems more aggressive than usual – good one!

    • Posted August 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Marc.

      I thought that it was definitely a slight left curve, also. I must be going through a “growing spurt”. The last time that happened, I couldn’t paint anything worth a dime for over a year. You never know where these transitions will take you, do you, Marc?



  2. Posted August 12, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Lavanna, this one is fabulous! I especially like the contrast of the dark figure with the abstract white/pastel background. Great relationships of warm/cold, dark/light, busy/quiet!

    • Posted August 13, 2009 at 7:57 am | Permalink

      Hi, Leroy.

      I just went over and looked at your blog before I replied – you have been very busy!
      I actually liked the beach scene watercolor the best. I would try it again in all warm colors, and make sure that you capture the slanted horizon, as in the sketch.
      Love the cropped painting of the two women – very charming. Has anyone got mad at you for painting them? Hah! Just had to pull that one on you because people always ask me that! I bet you have found out, as have I, that people LOVE being painted. It is shocking, isn’t it? We are so afraid that they will be mad at us. Well, be sure and tip well, and leave your table clean and tidy – and bring your own trash bag. Talk again, soon.


  3. Posted August 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Very nice.

    I was working in Austin the last couple of days and stopped off at Flightpath for a cup of coffee when I read this post. Apparently I missed you by a couple of hours.


    • Posted August 14, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Myles!

      That is so funny; after over a year at it, I am still undercover – unbelievable, really. I guess that I really am bad at marketing!


  4. Posted August 22, 2009 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Have you ever been caught?
    Your work is just wonderful! I love the mystery it is!

    • Posted August 22, 2009 at 7:35 am | Permalink

      Hi, Michelle.

      I can count on one hand the number of times that I have been caught. They are always pleasantly surprised, and want to sit down and chat – not the reaction that one would expect! I’m bad at marketing, so I don’t really know if anyone that I have painted has found this blog. I have asked to paint only two people, the portraits of Kelsey and Mark McDermott.



  5. Jaky Astik
    Posted August 26, 2009 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    That’s super cool! I have tried painting in public but never with oil. Think I need to revive myself…

    • Posted August 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Jaky!

      I always try and go over and see what people are up to when they leave comments on my blog. You are a great writer! I laughed so hard about the post office errand story. Have you read any VS Naipal? Oh, keep writing, and remind me to pop over and see what you are up to from time-to-time. I wish you the very best.

      Thank you,


  6. Posted August 26, 2009 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Hi Lavanna – I love your art too. I don’t think you’re that bad at marketing as I found you through Yahoo so don’t give up whatever you do!

    • Posted August 26, 2009 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      oooooh!Yahoo? Didn’t know they had a search engine. Thanks for letting me know.
      Just looked at your jewelry – really nice -love the casting from seeds, sea-critters, etc. I’ll be sure and let folks know about you.

      Thank you,


  7. Adam Buckman
    Posted August 26, 2009 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Your blog posts remind me of a song “I Paint a Design” by Michael Hurley. I think you’ll like it.


    Love your paintings.


    • Posted August 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Adam.

      Well, I popped over to see what you were up to on your new blog, and it was so fun! You are the first tv critic that I have ever met up with. “SpongeBob Square Pants” – ! Know a preschooler that turns down the sound and fills in the dialog himself. It’s a scary world out there.



  8. dwdwiltondesign
    Posted August 26, 2009 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    I think your work is brilliant. I am so glad you moved past what other might think if they saw you painting them in public. Very inspiring to other artist who want to do just that… art.


    i am grateful

    • Posted August 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Hello, DWD.

      Thank you; that was very nice. I hope that you are doing well and enjoying your design work.


  9. Posted August 26, 2009 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    You are very talented!

    • Posted August 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Nikole.

      Thanks you for stopping over. I’m gonna go see what you are up to at the hahnhuntinglodge.com



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  11. Posted August 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    really nice work…
    i am not a painter but i like and appreciate good work like this one…

    Keep up the good work…


    Rahul Sahu

    • Posted August 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Rahul.

      Thanks for stopping by. I went over to your blog, and I just loved your opening statement: “I would love to change the world, but they wont’ give me the sourcecode”. That is too good. What are you plans for the blog? I couldn’t get a sense of where you were going with it. Let me know if you continue to build it – you’re clever.

      Thank you,


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