Thanksgiving Windows at Fortunatos

Two weeks ago was the last of the Thanksgiving windows.  Fortunato Brothers is a locally famous coffee and pastry shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  If you are looking for a really good cappuccino, then this is the place.  (Forget Starbucks)

It takes me between 8 and 9 hours to complete these windows in one day.   As usual, I draw the design in black paint first.

The people in the pictures are locals that come in every day.

Since we recently had daylight savings time it starts to get dark early.  By 5:15 it is completely dark.  Once night has fallen, and the main source of light is now from inside the shop, the opaqueness of the windows reverses itself.

Here’s my buddy Salvatore.

As I quietly paint throughout the day I am privy to snippets of lots and lots of conversations.  I am that fly on the wall!  Through the years I have heard many interesting things.

On this particular day, there was a couple literally sitting there for four hours; mostly him talking about his life.  They totally drove me nuts!  They met online and were on a first date.  He was 52 and she was a few years younger.  It wouldn’t have been so bad but this guy was so full of himself I had to bite my tongue from making any comments.

Near the end of this torturous time I found out he was a lawyer.  Hmmmmm.  As for her –  she needs to keep looking.  I was really happy when they finally got up and left.

One of the best things about painting at Fortunatos is that they let me have full creative reign.  On this day I decided that if the turkey could talk this is what he would say.

This is the outdoor smoking lounge.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I personally cooked the turkey at too high of a temperature and it came out dry but my stuffing was awesome!

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