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"The Menu"  

The menu

Originally titled "Lunch", this painting was inspired by numerous paintings done in the 19th century depicting lunch. One of the more famous works was by Renoir titled "Lunch at Restaurant Fournaise".

Lunch for us was at Stanford University, California. The students were not quite dressed this elaborately. I just feel that if you're gong to bother to clothe people in a painting, the attire should at least be interesting if not bordering on pure costume.

The red dresses are just slightly over the top. The green menu and the green shirt (top right) taking the eye into the green hedge in the background help to balance the color composition.

vThe menu 2 lr                          The menu 2 hr

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The main subjects are me (another self-portrait) and Debra, my primary model during the eighties.

The menu 3 lr                                            The menu 3 hr

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Below - the secondary subjects are a little more subdued.

The menu 4 lr                           The menu 4 hr

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Below - I decided I needed a little still life for the table.

The menu 5 lr                          The menu 5 hr

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Below - Detail of the hedge in the background

The menu 6 lr                          The menu 6 hr

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Below - The final painting

                         

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