FAQ about painting with coffee


When I exhibit my coffee paintings in a show I enjoy taking a SUBTLE  place on the sidelines where I can watch people look at coffee paintings for the first time. It continues to surprise me when I see how often people are shocked when they realize I use coffee and not paint. It's an AHA moment and then the curiosity and the questions start.

  •    Did you invent painting with coffee?
          No, it is not my original idea. People have been painting with coffee for many years. (see the list below)
  •    How did I get started?
          I was the barista in a coffee house many years ago and wanted to paint with my espresso.    
  •    How is coffee different from watercolor?
        Coffee has a certain organic texture not found in watercolor paints.  Blending pencil lead with coffee produces an unexpected metallic look.
  •    How to save unused coffee?
       For best results both dried and liquid coffee should be stored in the refrigerator. It will keep indefinitely when refrigerated.
  •    Will coffee paintings fade in time?
       Not much, if at all. I have some coffee paintings that are 25 years old and have not faded. I do recommend keeping your art out of direct sunlight.
  •    Is there a special coffee? What about Instant coffee? 
        I use single shots of espresso. Liquid form for washes and dried for darkening. House coffee will work but it requires more layers because it is not concentrated. Instant coffee is good for a back up but I prefer espresso.
  •    What else besides coffee?
  •    I also paint with wine and turmeric. There are similarities but coffee offers a lot more possibilities.