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Saturday Sept 10th, 2016 - Pompano Beach, FL - Painting With Coffee

Painting with Coffee - Blooming Bean Coffee
Live Artist Event: Steven Mikel - Dark Roast Paintings

Saturday, Sept 10, 2016

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Blooming Bean Coffee

@ Bailey Contemporary Arts

Old Town Arts District

41 NE 1st Street

Pompano Beach, Florida


The grand opening of Blooming Bean Coffee @ Bailey Contemporary Arts promises to be a fun and unique experience!

Live music, Great Coffee, unique Art both at Blooming Bean & at Baileys Contemporary Arts; the fascinating "Re-Produce" Art Show is on exhibit. This juried group exhibition curated by Lisa Rockford showcases artworks created from found objects, unexpected debris materials and other overlooked components. Look at the world through artists’ eyes and watch the ordinary transformed into works of splendor.... AND...


Steven painted live inside the Bailey's Contemporary Gallery working on both his Abstract and Realism original works.

Thanks to everyone who came by.

SCROLL DOWN to see pics that were taken at the event.





Blooming Bean Coffee Dark Roast Watercolor™ Blog Event

Some insight into Steven Mikel

The rich sepia tones of Steven Mikel's work glow with an ‘earthy warmth’ and evoke a dynamic flux of shadow and light, interlinked with woven patterns and textures.


His realism paintings demonstrate his attention to detail and skill using watercolor techniques to produce almost a photographic likeness of his varied subjects and unique perspectives, while his mature abstract style has naturally evolved from favorite areas within his realism paintings and are inspired by the often missed details he sees.


Realism Process:

Usually working from a very detailed pencil sketch in his sketch book, Steven sketches his composition lightly on d'Arches 300 lb rough watercolor paper. This initial sketch may be very loose with only a few lines and basic shapes or extremely detailed depending on the painting subject. Working from Lightest to darkest tones, and not using any masking techniques, he begins applying washes of liquid coffee, layering and painting around areas that will remain as highlights. Continuing with progressively darker washes he adds deeper shadows and details until the painting is complete.


Abstract Process:

Starting with a basic compositional intent, Mikel applies a manipulated under-painting of dark coffee washes to a stretched canvas. Once dry, he then systematically removes and applies additional layers of coffee using various absorbent materials, brushes and implements to create the intricate sepia toned abstractions.


Artist Statement

Artist Bio



Steven Mikel Painting with coffee 

Steven Mikel Artist working on one of his Dark Roast Abstractions