Look up and you’ll see a transformation at Caffe Ladro of Grand Ridge Plaza: the space is awash with dynamic, new artwork by Issaquah artist Pallavi Joshi. Known for its support of local artists, writers and musicians, Caffe Ladro is exhibiting Joshi’s paintings all month, covering its high walls with abstract artwork.
A self-taught artist, Joshi uses use a variety of techniques to create her paintings. One of her favorite techniques is pouring acrylic paint directly onto the canvas and then tilting the canvas to complete the painting. Another favorite is the “dirty pour” in which she layers acrylic paints in a cup, turns the cup over the canvas, and lifts the cup off the canvas. Both techniques offer different layers of colors in a way that is indescribable.
“Most of the paintings on display at Caffe Ladro are from my depiction of my travels to Hawaii,” she explains. “The new artwork also reflects my inner persistence, resistance and flexibility. It is my way of breaking out of the box. I believe art is subjective and should be enjoyed by all ages. I paint to evoke a reaction from the viewer, whether favorable or not. It is that connection that I make in that moment with the viewer that gives me complete satisfaction of communication.”
To learn more about Joshi’s creative process, Caffe Ladro invites the community to a painting demonstration on Saturday, August 12 at 2 pm. Joshi will offer a step-by-step guide to her creative process, and will answer questions while also creating a new work of art. Caffe Ladro will share its brand of artistry by treating everyone to complimentary samples of its house-made pastries, cookies, coffees and teas.
Joshi lives within walking distance of the coffee shop and is inspired by landscapes, nature and travel—everything that involves color, and black and white. “The color wheel, which is an abstract illustrative organization of color hues around a circle showing the relationship between primary colors, as well as secondary colors and tertiary colors, are also an inspiration and fascinate me,” she explained.
Currently, Joshi is experimenting with new mediums and techniques, and sometimes uses the Liquitex pouring medium to increase the viscosity of acrylic colors. In recent years, she dabbled in charcoal, pencil and pastel while earning a Diploma in 3-D Animation & Visual Effects. Yet, her affection and fascination have led her toward abstraction, and the paintings on display at the coffee shop showcase this passion.
The next time you’re enjoying your favorite brew at Caffe Ladro, be sure take a moment to enjoy Joshi’s marvelous paintings.