A4 size coffee and ink on rough Fabriano 300gsm watercolour paper

My first commission for the new year!
I’ve never done a commission in coffee before, but it seems to work well with old scenes.
This is a painting of my client’s Great Grandmother. Reference photo was an old black and white photo from around 1925. I loved the photo as soon as I saw it, so I’m really pleased to have been able to create this :)

Thankyou so much for stopping by and taking the time to look at my artwork!
A lot of my original artwork displayed on here is also available for sale. Please feel free to send me a message for more details.

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  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...about 2 years ago

    Great work, love how you have done this!!!

  • Thanks Madalena! I’m nervously waiting to see what my client thinks

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Robin King
    Robin Kingabout 2 years ago

    Coffee! How wonderful this is!!!
    instant fav!!

  • Thanks Robin! I probably should graduate one day to a sepia coloured ink but there is just something I really like about painting with coffee lol!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 2 years ago

    this is great Dianne and one all us ladies can relate to !

  • Thanks Linda! I have to say that I think wash day has become quite a but easier for us since 1925 too!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Quite a “bit” I meant to say lol!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 2 years ago

    yes and thank goodess it has! :)

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 2 years ago

    01-09-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thankyou so much Kira! I really appreciate it.

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Sandra  Sengstock-Miller
    Sandra Sengst...about 2 years ago

    beautifully done in your coffee.. Life was tough in those days.

  • Thanks Sandra! I think sometimes we take for granted just how easy things are these days. My client has now requested a colour version too so could be interesting…

    – Dianne Ilka

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsabout 2 years ago

    Excepitional commission in Coffeee ….. Coffee !!!!!!!!!!! Astonishing and just brilliant creativity Dianne and a wonderful Wash Day study that must of excited your client ….. Bravo

  • It’s funny how watercolours scare the life out of me yet I’m quite ok with attempting something in coffee lol! Doing a colour version of this in acrylic next so a bit more imagination will be required as the reference photo is an old black and white one :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Nicla Rossini
    Nicla Rossiniabout 2 years ago

    January 10th 2012 Congratulations! Your work is featured in the Group Redbubble Treasures
    Please see your work in the Permanent Gallery
    and check out our FEATURED ART FORUM
    Your host,

  • Thankyou so much!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    January 2013 Permanent Feature Gallery

  • Thankyou so much :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 2 years ago

    This is beautiful..

  • Thanks Lori :)

    – Dianne Ilka

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