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Oil on Canvas
about 12 X 18 inches

Waitressing, often the staff of life in a life ~ the best parts of which are being fed regular and coming home with money at the end of whatever kind of day.
A not well-lit (are they ever) little place of uneven floors and unworking doors and tables in bad places that will get trickier to navigate as the night goes on and the crowds swell. A balancing act of unheralded sweeping, swooping, diplomacy, and fuss (but not overdone) between delivery and personalities between kitchen and front door.

Professional Expressionist, portrait painter, writer, children’s book illustrator, entrepreneur, and adventuress.

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  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 2 years ago

    Jeeze Barbara, I sometimes don’t even know if it’s your art or your descriptions that pull me into your work the hardest.
    OK, so I read what you put here and closed my eyes and saw EXACTLY the place in your description… but then I opened them again and your picture wasn’t what I saw in my mind.
    I actually put that down to the painting having been done before the crowd started to swell.
    All of which means that in your including both picture AND description, you tell the full story and your image is complete.
    Did that make any sense to you Baba?

    OK, let’s assume it didn’t.
    I’m absolutely farken NUTZ about your colors in this and I can see it on a white stucco wall in just the sort of establishment you so eloquently describe in both your art and your verse.
    See? Even if I’m dumb I still love yer stuff.
    And if I ever have the fortune of passing through your gallery, I’m gonna be sure to bring lotsa bucks :-))

  • You complex never dumb darling, no telling where your brain is going to land for a thought. I get what you said (which should worry me about me). And it would look great on a white stucco wall. Funny but the painting itself, in the process of doing, kept feeling like a wall painting. A friend stopped in with three old canvases, and this is one, I painted over someone’s art, but it was a pretty rudimentary landscape without virtue. How saucy of me to judge! Yet I do. The other two I was prepared to do the same with turn out to have some remarkably large holes, so nix on that but the frames may serve. God only knows how many early Sparhawks are under some fine work somewhere.
    And yes I like RedBubble for that, being able to describe the work. It’s a nice plus, thank you Billy B for liking it, too.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Gene Praag
    Gene Praagabout 2 years ago

    Your work always amazes me. Beautifully done!

  • Bless your heart, Geno. Thanks.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHesseabout 2 years ago

    Superb art Barbara…. and I so relate to the description.

  • Thank you Jolante! Waitressing has so much to offer, it’s saved me in a pinch more than once in my life. And it’s also the kind of job you just can’t wait to leave for anything else. Which sometimes turns out to be worse.
    Always lovely to hear from you, thanks for the visit.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoabout 2 years ago

    Love the purples,cute.I can hear the song in my head. ☺

  • Me too, Anne, I love that song and anything Tina Turner actually.
    Thanks so very much.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Paul Gitto
    Paul Gittoabout 2 years ago

    Luv all the action in this work, people entering, talking, walking,watching and eating, as the waitress has to dodge the patrons to get where she needs to go. Superb!

  • Thanks so much, Paul.
    Much regret hearing about the New Jersey shoreline and Sandy damage.
    Glad to see your pictures.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovabout 2 years ago

    Your wonderful artwork+ intro reminded me of George Orwell’s “Down and Out in Paris and London”, read some long decades ago. Not the palette you’ve used, of course.

  • What a fabulous association, thanks Nikolay. You’re right, it is the kind of mood I was aiming for.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • withsun
    withsunabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • Thanks so very much.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • TheBrit
    TheBritalmost 2 years ago

    Awesome work, love the color and shadows of the people about to enter …

  • Thank you so much. Like so many things with painting the people at the door were accidental at first, I think I was heading for a window shade or someting then, whoosh, oh, people coming in! So pleased you like this.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

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