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Art of the Day: Friday February 22, 2013

"Tom's Diner"

- by Patience

This week's theme: Let's Eat!

We love food and there's more to our fondness than mere survival. We love everything about it. We love to eat it and prepare it. Our moods dictate what we eat and where we eat it. We care about what we drink and we love to snack. Food comforts us, is a part of our celebrations and joins us when we watch tv, read or go to the movies. This love affair with food crosses cultures, bridges language barriers and brings us together. Food is truly a wonderful thing.

Art: Tom's Diner by Artist Patience
"...Tom's Diner..."

My entry for this month's Nibblefest Art Contest (NFAC) (~the theme for August being 'Coffee') is an original acrylic painting on a 8.5" x 7" found wooden plaque.  'Tom's Diner' is signed on the front, with sides painted (see additional photo) and ready to hang (note also the original is sharper and more colorful than appears in this flat scan).

When thinking about 'Coffee' as a theme this month, one of the first things to pop into my head was the song, "Tom's Diner", by the folk-inspired singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega.  I've always been partial to the song, written as it is in sort of a 'stream of consciousness' first person narrative, about a patron hanging out alone in a city diner, sipping coffee while making mental observations of the mundane goings-on around her.  One of these is a woman outside in the rain who spies her own reflection in the window, taking advantage of it to adjust her skirt and stockings.  My entry is my attempt to capture the moment of this little scenario:

".....There's a woman on the outside
Looking inside.
Does she see me?

No she does not
really see me
'Cause she sees
her own reflection....."
(from the lyrics of 'Tom Diner', by Suzanne Vega)

Here is the link to a blog post I wrote about this piece:


Detail Images

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View from the Side

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"Tom's Diner".....

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First Place Award


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