Caffeine Girl 6 by Leith

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Looking back I found I hadn’t previously posted this painting.
It’s from a few years ago.. part of the “Caffeine Girl” series. Come to think of it, two of these works are currently hanging in Smart Artz Gallery in South Melbourne if you’re in the neighborhood. Actually, wait till after March 1st and you can catch The Wild Young Things there at the same time.

All the paintings from the series were/are approx 120 × 90 cm (4ft x 3ft) oil on canvas.

In regard to the Caffeine Girl series, I had a tentative title of “Café Girls” after the first two paintings were started but like most things, as it develops it takes on a life of it’s own.
The inclusion of the birds initially was to reflect or mirror the figures personality, but that’s not necessarily the case now in the later paintings.
Although it sounds a little strange, sometimes I feel like a painting is telling me what it wants rather than the other way around. It’s not always obvious even during the painting cycle what is going to reveal itself. You have a plan but a lot happens along the way. It’s an exciting part of the process of painting for me.

I don’t want to bore you with some long winded philosophical explanation about these works below as I really like it to be up to the viewer to decide on what it is or might represent.
What I will say is that when I look at these pieces I see something between the girl and the bird… something…. some mystery or something unsaid.

It may appear unsettling in one yet very subtle or innocent in another. This undercurrent appeals to me… creating something celebrating beauty but juxtaposing it with a darker subliminal element. However having said that, ascetically they are simply nice paintings to look at.


  • dani05
    dani05almost 6 years ago

    What I like most here (apart from your skills) is that the girl and the bird are looking at the viewer. Think I agree with you, definitely something between the bird and the girl..
    She is beautiful by the way and this is yet another amazing piece!!

  • Thank you very much Dani, I appreciate your thoughts on this particular painting. Yes, it looks like we are interupting something doesn’t it lol!

    – Leith

  • Sinéad Costello
    Sinéad Costelloalmost 6 years ago

    I love all of these caffeine girls :)

  • Thanks Sinéad, and what a glorious, famous last name you have!

    – Leith

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful !

  • Yes, you are ;)

    – Leith

  • PintaPinta
    PintaPintaalmost 6 years ago

    well, you know how i feel about black butterfly… and the rest of your caffeine girls are full of just as much engaging and intriguing energy. i love the use of birds in your work leith… always whispering in an ear, watching from a shoulder or in this case looking at the viewer with as much attitude as the gorgeous girl to demand a justified reason for interrupting what was obviously quite the moment. i love the angle of the little green parrot’s head! i’d love to be a fly on the wall and know their secrets. your work is spellbinding. i do love this.

  • Hey thanks Holly, you always have a nice word to say and take the time to be descriptive about the things you like. I think having someone call my work “spellbinding” is one of the highest compliments I could hope for! Thanks for making my day :)
    All I can muster in return after a long night is a Ramones catch cry.. You Rock!!

    – Leith

  • Alice McMahon
    Alice McMahonalmost 6 years ago

    I don’t believe I’ve seen this girl and her feathered friend before. A delicious surprise with my morning coffee! I love how the table bisects the canvas on a diagonal. Really strong piece Leith – I can’t believe someone hasn’t snatched her up yet!

    “sometimes I feel like a painting is telling me what it wants rather than the other way around. It’s not always obvious even during the painting cycle what is going to reveal itself.” I often feel this way, especially strong when working on a series that evolves and takes on a life of it’s own. Keep sharing the mystery.

  • Hi Alice. This painting actually sold at the Caffeine Girl exhibition in Adelaide way back then (a couple of years ago). I just hadn’t posted it for some reason. Wasn’t entirely happy with it or something and it looked odd horizontal in comparison to the others. I don’t always post everything I do so I guess I should eventually get round to showing a few others.. plenty of time for all that though. Cheers!

    – Leith

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 6 years ago

    Very nice work x

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Leith

  • Herkissable
    Herkissablealmost 6 years ago

    Loving the whole bird thing you got going on Leith x

  • .. and I’m loving that whole Warhol Building type thing you got going on Miss H!
    Actually, I love anything which stands out or seems more original or unusual, and those building mixed medias of yours are damn fine works of art.
    Stay on the path.. get a series together…dare I say it, build on it!

    Then turn it all on it’s head and go in a different direction..
    Life is serious, art is fun.. right?!


    – Leith

  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldalmost 6 years ago

    Awwww Gorgeous! (As always)

  • Awwww thanks Belinda, and you are for saying so!

    – Leith

  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldalmost 6 years ago

    You let me know when you wanna collaborate some time…..:p

  • Sounds good to me Belinda albeit for some tyranny of distance and other paintings/mag work to complete being a stumbling block but who knows? Let me know what you have in mind.. cheers! :)

    – Leith

  • Herkissable
    Herkissablealmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Leith!! ……your comments mean alot to me!! I value your opinion!!
    Im thinking that this whole building thing is a way for me to go too……. lets see where it all ends up?!? Im gonna enjoy the ride hahahahahahahaaa……… x
    ……and in the meantime …Ill be looking out for your wee birds I LUUUURV THEM!!

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