Monday, October 18, 2010

Coffee in Battersea Park

Coffee in Battersea Park by Liza Hirst

oil on canvas panel - Öl auf Malplatte - huile sur carton entoilé
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
Buy it here

You might have heared about the ongoing strike here in France. Well, meanwhile it is affecting daily life. Public transport has come to a halt more or less, and petrol is getting scarce. Our younger son, who lives in Barcelona at the moment, tried to find a way to come to France somehow, in order to attend a very important date. It was impossible for him to get either a train ticket, a flight ticket or find someone who could have taken him in the car. Hours in front of the computer, panic on both sides of the Pyrenees and finally the only solution: we had to go and get him!
That is why I didn't have time to write anything yesterday - we had to get on our way. That meant 7 hours through the night to Barcelona, a short coffee break and 7 hours back to France. Luckily we had enough petrol in our car to get (just!)to the Spanish border where we could fill it up again. The things parents do for their children.... In the end we were quite proud of ourselves - didn't sleep at all and made it through the night with driving non stop - not bad for over fifties! Now we are ready to drop.


bridget Hunter said...

I really like the backlight in this. What an interesting composition too - you peep round the well painted front objects to see what's going on behind - its intruiging.

Barbara M. said...

You are incredible Liza,

Plus you did a painting. It is true parents do amazing things, but I think you are the most amazing parents. Way beyond wonderful, and an awesome painter. This is beautiful.


Liza Hirst said...

Thank you, Bridget. That's what I liked about it. Inbetween I considered not painting the background as defined a space, but I realized it was more interesting this way.

Liza Hirst said...

Well, Barbara, luckily I had one painting up my sleeve, which doesn't happen very often.
You are really kind, but I am convinced - you would have done the same for your son!!

Virginia Floyd said...

I like the light, too. I love all the colors you saw and painted in the cup and salt shaker. The shadow on the table is beautiful.