JILL MIRZA ‘Café in Montpellier’ 14 x 18 in  /  35.5 x 45.5 cm    Acrylic on Canvas Board   2009
This is a painting of contrasts – bright colours against a neutral background, warm  colours under the umbrellas against the cool colours of the buildings, dark foreground  against pale greys. The figures glow because of the sunlight passing through the red  cloth but the eye is taken past and the band of colours across the centre of the picture  to the light on the buildings beyond. The exaggerated perspective of the buildings draws the eye down to the figures in the café and they are contained by the diagonal on the  lower right hand of the picture.