For this painting, I worked from a photo image that I had taken a little more than a year ago at one of my favorite coffee/bakery stops near The National Gallery of Art in Washington,D.C.
Standing on line at the coffee bar, looking at the gorgeous sandwiches, rolls and pastries in the clear cases, you could turn to the other side and see the bakers working behind a wall of glass. I originally wondered if I would show more of the reflection in the glass. I did a bit, but greatly modified it from my original thoughts.
Now in the midst of the 2020 pandemic, there’s not a chance anytime soon of taking the metro in to town, walking to this shop to pick up my coffee and head over to any one of the numerous art museums in the area.
I truly miss it, even though I am safe and happy in my studio cocoon at home.
This image reminds me of those heady days, wandering into an open, social world with no fear. I wonder how this baker is doing now. He seemed to have such joy and purpose in his job. I assume his world has been turned upside down also. Will he be ok?
The Baker, 24 x 30″, oil on linen.