As much as I love food and trying new restaurants, I rarely go out to eat (other than my coffee tour). I have known about I Fratellini, the fine Italian restaurant a block from my apartment, since I moved here two years ago but never really had an occasion to go. Recently I discovered it offers a boxed lunch special, with a panini, salad, and dessert, therefore I made sure to eat everything I had at home so I’d be forced to give it a try. The restaurant is across from Starbucks on Wydown and very easy to miss when driving.
My lunch was excellent – grilled eggplant and pesto panini, arugula salad, and rich chocolate brownie. The sandwich and brownie were big enough to split so I had my lunch for the next day as well. The restaurant is best known for romantic dinners, though judging by the rest of the menu I’d say it’s worth stopping by for any meal.
I was really excited to test some new watercolor techniques on a larger scale than my coffee shop sketches, and thought the restaurant’s facade would be perfect because of the extreme contrast and variety of textures. Before eating breakfast one morning I rode my bike up there to sketch a layout and take a few reference photos.
I describe it as watercolor because of the overall appearance, but technically it’s mixed media. I used acrylic ink, pastel pencil, and gesso to add certain details and effects that are not possible with the thin watercolor. I may even do a follow up painting at night, since they open the windows and the decorative ball in front is lit with little white lights.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”
– Albert Einstein