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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Waiting for Brunch


"Waiting for Brunch"
7.5" x 11" (19 x 28 cm)
Watercolor and pencil on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb CP paper in handmade sketchbook
© Steve Penberthy, 2009


"Waiting for Brunch" really means waiting for brunch at Bread Winners Restaurant in Dallas, Texas. I had brunch there with my wife, sister, and niece in April while visiting in Dallas. It was a beautiful, bright sunny day, and the warmth of the sun compensated for the breeze and slight chill in the April air.

We ate at Bread Winner's Uptown location, on McKinney Ave. The Uptown area of Dallas is a very cool neighborhood, with trolley-car tracks still in the roads left over from bygone days of trolley cars; however, you can still ride the McKinney Avenue Trolley, a vintage electric streetcar while enjoying the shopping, dining, and entertainment in the area. The Bread Winners Uptown location is a popular one; there was a good crowd that day and therefore a little of a wait, but it was well worth it. The painting above is a representation of those waiting for their tables that morning. We sat outside (actually the table behind the guy that I illustrate in the red shirt above). I had the Normandy french toast, which is made from sourdough bread stuffed with cream cheese and raspberry jam and topped with berries and cream. Wow--unbelievably good; try it if you get the good fortune of visiting. Also, the mimosa was quite tasty!

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6 comments:

Gabrielle said...

Yippee! Another watercolor to enjoy! The link wasn't working yesterday, so I've been so anxious to see what was there and it was well worth the wait. I just love your sense of light and form.

Steve Penberthy said...

Gabrielle: Thanks so much for the comment on the light and form; it's something on which I've been trying to improve, so I'm happy to hear it's coming across a little!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

What absolutely SINGING colors, Steve! Delicious....

Steve Penberthy said...

Thanks so much Kate! I tried to use a lot of contrast to get light into the painting, so I used colors that corresponded to the values I wanted. Thanks for stopping by!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

You're welcome, Steve, it was really wonderful...contrast really is key, isn't it!

Bread Winners said...

Steve, we are so thrilled to have made it into your work. Thanks for coming to see us and next time you are in Dallas, please come by and introduce yourself!