‘Rendezvous at The Labia’. Work in progress. 07/06/17



Strange title possibly ?!

The Labia is South Africa’s oldest working cinema and is such an iconic place.  It was founded by Princess Labia around 1945 I think, and is one of my best go to places to visit when I am in Cape Town.  It is a small theatre but has four screens and has a small bar with snacks available, both of which you can take in with you to see the film.  The usherette is a fabulous local who has been at the Labia for as long as I can remember and you can get home made popcorn which always smells delicious and costs a fraction of the stuff you buy here in England. It’s a real favourite with the locals and shows all up to date films plus more arts based ones.  I love it.

I came out from the film and saw this young woman on her phone. The lighting, the pose, the colour of that wall – my favourite shade of blue – all conspired to make me feel a painting coming on.

I will be adding in more zestful colours as I go along and need to accentuate the lights and darks more – Caravaggio got it right, didn’t he? Chiaroscuro makes a painting of much more interest and it has taken me a while to work this out !

The posters both describe films on at the time, LaLa Land and Trainspotting 2, but I can’t decide whether to paint these in, as they might date the painting.  Does anyone have any ideas?   Feedback would be welcome.

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