I've got some new paintings up at the window cafe in Norwich. The lovely thing about the work being in there is that so many people get to see them each day. It is really nice that they are seen by people who are in there for just a few minutes, but also by lots of the regulars who sit in the cafe for a good long while! Also, there is such a range of people; different ages, different backgrounds, different professions, and this appeals to me because quite often depending on where work is hung you do tend to get a particular 'set of people', and this sometimes excludes, although not on purpose, some people who wouldn't normally go somewhere especially to look at paintings, whereas the Window cafe includes everybody. What I like most of all is that the little cafe has a really good atmosphere and friendliness to it, and it feels like the paintings can be 'at home' there, and seen by such a wide range of people.
I'm not one to normally talk about 'good vibes and energy' etc...hopefully you know what I mean, but I really feel that this little cafe has such a positivity emanating from it that I always go away from it feeling full of energy and impatience to get on with the important things in life. This is the other reason I like my paintings being there. They are hung somewhere that encourages me to go home and paint more. I think the busy atmosphere of so many different types of people all going about their daily lives all doing different things reminds me of how I feel when I go to London. It always makes me feel part of something bigger, and makes me inspired and energetic to go and play my part in it.
The image above is called '2 firs, 2 silver birch trees', and is one of the works up at the Window cafe.