Caffe Grecco Delight #SPAF2020

Michele Byrne
Michele Byrne
Michele Byrne is a contemporary impressionist painter known for her dynamic palette knife paintings full of life, color and movement. Her paintings depict the art of conversation and each piece tells a unique figurative story with brush and knife. Michele travels extensively, painting plein air in various locations across the United States and abroad. Michele was a Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual Plein Air Convention in 2019.  She is a nominated member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC, Oil Painters of America and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society.  She has three instructional videos with Liliedahl Productions and a YouTube Channel where she discusses her art practice. An important part of Michele's travel itinerary includes teaching workshops with the primary focus of painting with a palette knife and adding figures with a strong composition that tells a story.  Michele has recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and looks forward to painting with a new sense of light and landscape.
Oil on Linen Panel
12” x 9” (Framed size 17.5” x 14.5”)




Michele Byrne, “Caffe Greco Delight
12” x 9” (Framed size 17.5” x 14.5”) |  oil on linen panel | $1015.00 | | Shipping included


“I painted this piece across the street from the Caffe Greco on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a sunny day and I was attracted to the composition I could create. The shadows on the street draw your eye across the road and up to the couple under the umbrella. The waiter is walking towards them and they are painted in a manner that makes them the focal point.

As with all the plein air paintings I do of figures on the move, I need to create a mental snapshot in my mind and stick with that visual as I finish the painting. I also do a small value study that I can look at throughout the painting process.”


This work is part of the 16th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival – a festival unlike anything that we have ever done before! A first-of-its-kind, an all-woman festival, presented completely online October 24 – 31, 2020.

Each artist will be sending in work from their own diverse locations for presentation in the Arts Center’s online Gallery. At the conclusion of the festival week, well known plein air artist Lyn Boyer of Colorado will conduct an online awards ceremony.

Artists will submit new work as it is completed, accompanied by short narratives describing their selection of place and/or their creative process. Works from the festival will be available for purchase from Oct 25 – Nov 30, 2020.

Online presentations allow for rich content that could not otherwise be experienced. Art lovers will be able to immerse themselves in presentations from their favorite artists throughout the festival. From live demonstrations, to short videos created by our festival artists all across the country, to an online gallery of new works updated daily.

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