Saturday, February 14, 2015
Nike's In McMinnville, Oregon
Nick’s Italian Cafe was elegant, simple, feeling a bit NYC-ish. Their design statement is the undulating wall of cut barrels running the length of the restaurant, and simple white tablecloths with a single red rose on each tabletop. Mitchell and I had an amazing meal, a pear/Gorgonzola/caramelized onion thin crust pizza and a Caesar’s salad. And then oh my, the most amazing cheeseburger ever! Beef ground in-house, and the meat perfectly prepared. Heaven! The reason you eat beef is the flavor should be as good as anything you top it with. No salt + pepper on the table which I often find pretentious but not here. Thin sliced onions, tomato, lettuce and goop all added up to perfection. I sketched while eating and came back to the studio to paint.
I have to go back to sketch the interior and modern exterior.
Strathmore Mixed Media journal with Pentalic graphite pencil, various pens including the Platinum Carbon Pen + ink, and with De Artramentis Document ink (black), and Daniel Smith watercolors.