Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mission accomplished: Naco Cafe and Zoots

It's 3am and I'm way too tired to comment on these images coherently. So I'll return to them in 8 hours.


Good morning all. It's 6.5 later and I'm feeling quasi rested. So as promised I'm here finishing this post. The Naco Cafe is located a block from my place and is owned and run by Julian, a really nice guy from Mexico, I believe. His cafe doubles as an art gallery and constantly has shows running there. I've been there in the past but this was the first time I really looked at the space and how it felt to be in there and it really had a cool vibe. Alot of eye candy going on in the space like the religious icons; a picture of jesus and the small devil's head over the doorway to the back. If you're in Toronto, you definitely should check this space out.

Another cafe is Zoots. It's owned and run by Melanie Janisee, a Detroit native who finally landed in Toronto. I was fortunate that Melanie was curious enough to come up to me to see what I was doing. From this she told me that the name Zoots was the name of the cafe that she worked at while she was in Detroit. So i guess this is Zoots, the Toronto Version. Thanks for letting me idle away a few hours away drawing your cafe, Melanie. (She's also a great artist herself who has a few pieces hanging on her walls, in particular some small vignettes outside the washrooms)


Linisha said...

OmG lovely painting!! Amazing all the details you have captured, including the view to the other room from this one!

Carolina said...

Hi Wil!
Cool stories and great sketches! (It actually feels funny to call them sketches, they're mostly paintings!)
I want to wish you a great holiday season, I wish you have a wonderful time with your loved ones, and tons of fun too of course!
Best regards,

Wilfred said...

linisha, Carolina, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Always fun to draw cafes and Naco was the second one I did that day. To me, it was the better of the two just because i was loosened up and more confident about putting lines down with the micron.

Thanks again and merry christmas to you both.

Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays to you too. I love your work and added it to my favorite list. Thank you, Wil!

Alexis said...

ah hah! this is where we met.