Can one recreate on-line the ambiance and artistic attitude of a coffee shop in impressionist era Paris? Or the character of a little coffee shop I visited pre coffee franchise era in Port Angeles, Washington (now gone) that made me want to spend time there to develop plots and characters in writing? Or the shop in the movie Chocolat where arrogance, inhibitions and intolerance gradually melted away to create a new flavor of community? I am hopeful that this on-line blog site can take on an adventurous, creative, respectful, inspiring and comforting life of its own with wide and varied accounts and examples of personal journeys and achievements.
Can one also “virtually” pursue and promote art on-line as well as in an inspired setting with creative energy and leadership? At my age and as a small business owner in today’s economy, I may not earn enough soon enough to participate in the more extravagant artistic adventures I dream of. For example, while designing the layout and decorating my real life Espresso Buono Garden Cafe in Lynnwood, Washington USA, I decided one of the walls in the cozy back room really required I take an intensive nine-month Tromp L’oeil class in Florence, Italy! I have experienced the breathtaking art in Florence as well as other awe inspiring museums and venues in Europe and the United States. Lacking the funds for a return trip to Florence for the tromp L’oeil class, I found a wonderful wall-paper mural to precisely fit the wall. The wall receives many compliments…but I still yearn to learn the real art! Fortunately, I’ve discovered one can widely broaden artistic horizons on-line as well as through the arts and artists I support at my little garden cafe!
Thus, I hope to share my pursuit and support of art and ambiance here with you, though you may be half way around the world from my cafe. So, get your favorite Coffee, put your feet up under your computer desk and enjoy my blog! Don’t forget to tell me about your own coffee, art and ambiance favorites, dreams, and personal achievements!