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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lynn Goes Italian!

On Wednesday I decided to try out a new Deli I walk by every time I walk to the German Bakery. It's half way between my office and the town square.
Not sure why I've never gone in before, but this day I did. It's smaller than both the bakery and Jalisco's. Six or seven tables at the most and two outside under canvas sun umbrellas. I ordered half a hot pastrami on rye and water and sat at a table to draw.

I chose this woman and her very young son who were sitting the furthest away from me. I would have loved to have drawn another couple, an elderly gentleman with a waist length beard and his rather heavy set female companion. But he kept looking right at me, so I thought better of it. Besides I was quite drawn to this young woman's purple baby wrap. I remembered when my daughter was an infant I had these types of carriers to carry her close to my heart while walking around. I knew how good that felt.

I liked the cloth green, white and red Italian flag curtains. I actually stole a few things from different parts of the room and put them together to make my picture. But if you've never been there you wouldn't know that. It's fun being creative that way when drawing.

Now my lunch places close to work cover three different countries: Germany, Mexico and now Italy!
I wish we had a falafel stand but we don't. Maybe I should open one!

Happy Paint Party Friday and thanks for coming buy to visit my blog; thanks for leaving a comment and if you haven't already thanks if you decide to become a new follower! ;-) You are most welcome.

50 comments:

  1. Interesting to see a new place in your world.

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    1. Happy you liked the addition to my eating spots Lisa! Thanks.

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  2. Oh yes, those baby carriers.... kids grow too fast!
    What a fun page, thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Ayala, yes they do grow quickly...glad you enjoyed my drawing. thanks for coming by.

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  3. What a great sketch. I also really like your truck up top.
    Happy PPF!
    Rinda

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    1. Thanks Rinda...happy you like the drawings in post and in the banner.

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  4. Great sketch, Lynn, I love the Italian flag curtains too! Great to have all that international food so near by, makes me hungry! :)

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    1. Thanks Judy, glad you enjoyed the flag curtains. There's some nice art on the walls too.

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  5. Terrific life sketch Lynn. Happy PPF, Annette x

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    1. Thanks Annette, so glad you like them.

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  6. Nice atmosphere! Happy PPF!

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  7. Love the fact that your are reflecting life, here, there, everywhere! Your drawings and paintings are amazing "scraps of life". What a wonderful gift!! Happy PPF

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    1. Susan, I'm so glad you are enjoying these drawings of mine. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  8. I cant even remember the last time i ate pastrami. yum. or that i held a little one close to my heart.

    i drool with envy at your restaurants all within walking distance. thanks for sharing

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    1. Wish I could share the abundance of food choices with you Suki. Glad you enjoy hearing about them.

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  9. Italian, right up my alley since I am half Italian. :) I love how you get the feel of a place in your drawings. This is another fun drawing/painting. I love the colors you used. Now you need an Asian place to eat. :))

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    1. Well Cris, there is a Chinese place called China House on the same block and the food is good there too. We sometimes go there for dinner.

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  10. great, bright colors and i like the journaling you do right on your sketch page.

    on another note, i always love coming to your page and catching a glimpse of that old ford in your header! :-)

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    1. Molly thanks and glad you like the Ford too. It was fun to draw.

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  11. It's a great sketch, Lynn!! I love Italian food. And you even have a German bakery - I wish we had that in our town. We have to drive almost two hours to get to a really good one in the South Bay. What do you usually have at the German bakery? So jealous...
    I had a baby carrier like that as well. It's wonderful to have the baby so close by.

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    1. I have the raspberry almond tort with my decaf latte; they also have wonderful gellato. They have some German food but not often; it's mostly American fare. The baked breads are good too. Do come and visit, it's my treat Carola!

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  12. Such a wonderful artist to sketch real life as you do.

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    1. Such a high compliment, I accept it humbly. Thank you Yvonne.

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  13. I love these snipets of life. Beautiful. Happy PPF

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    1. Thanks Marji, so glad you like them too.

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  14. How wonderful! I love to see art that's of real people. Love your work! Happy PPF!

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    1. Thank you Kristin, it makes me happy to know others are enjoying what I am enjoying doing.

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  15. Draw what happens to your around isn't easy, you never know where you focus right?. This daily scene is very good.

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    1. I simply draw whatever is in front of me. It's a joy to capture others in my world.

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  16. Cheating on Jalliscos!! you bad lady!!!

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    1. Shush, Mim, it's our little secret.

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  17. My dear old mum (mom) was half Italian but mostly very Welsh. She would rap a large shawl around her back and then around the newest grandchild, binding in the baby to her front. Happy baby! She never cooked Italian, but she cooked Welsh-cakes on a plank (a flat piece of iron) over an open fir) Yum!

    Lovely post, Lynn, I enjoyed it. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Yes John, those baby wraps go back many generations in many many countries. I saw them in China; I see them in literature in Africa and South America. We have adapted them here in Northern America from those other countries I am sure.

      I love your added stories too John, thank you for all your wonderful comments.

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    1. Oh, that's not the way you say fire where you come from?
      Just kidding! I knew what you meant!
      I'm so glad we've found each other's blogs and art!

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  19. Another wonderful illustration, Lynn. I do so admire your ability to draw in situ. Beautifully done. Faye

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    1. Thank you Faye...I was terrified of it at first, but the more I do the more I have to do...it's become an addiction/passion/need.

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  20. Ti think you have three multicultural restaurants close by that also afford wonderful art opportunities for you. This is a dream come true, I suspect!

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    1. Yes, it is becoming that exactly, a dream come true!

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  21. i expected meatballs..... :^)

    your illustrations are like being the paparazzi but sweet and nice ones

    hee hee

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    1. thanks for the "sweet and nice ones"...I hope I am not seen as being too overly invasive.

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  22. I echo Faye - you have quite a talent drawing in situ! Love the detail of the woman's shoe tucked behind her calve and the backwards Italian writing!

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    1. MX I am so pleased you noticed the details that drew me into this scene. That shoe was so important to me. thank you!

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  23. I really admire you for sketching during your lunch break...especially considering the restaurants you can choose from. Pastrami on rye vs sketching? I don't think drawing would win in my world.

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    1. ;-) Luckily I was able to do both = eat and draw!

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  24. Oh, and you've done such a good job with the folds in the fabric
    of the baby carrier. Excellent, that you compile different areas of the place into your own composition.
    For half that pastrami sandwich I won't tell Jalisco's where you're lunching.

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    1. Thanks Babs for not telling. I made up for it today by taking my visiting brother to Jalisco's for lunch. I ordered something out of my ordinary too and they were all acting shocked! I got a hug from Carlos; and sweet greetings from Mama J and Auntie too who waited on us.

      Thanks for your attention to my details on the drawing.

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  25. Great sketch and delightful post ~ love the purple baby wrap too! ~ Great style you have ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  26. This is a great drawing..it's fun and happy...and makes me a little bit hungry or ravioli. :)

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