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Talking about Painting Studio Tuxedo Twilight



Painting Studio Tuxedo Twilight

     As a fine arts painter my job is to make paintings.  I am not in the art business.  That is another can of worms I have left on the shelf unopened.  Fortunatly I have never had to rely on the sale of my work for sustinance.  Have had a hand in food and beverage service all my life.
My grandfather left home at thirteen and cooked in the oil fields, and ranches out west.  Then had some places of his own.  I learned to crawl and walk on a bar room floor.  Was ever hanging about the kitchens or in the front of the house.
     No wonder that most of my adult life has been spent tending bar, managing clubs, restaurants, and as Maitre d’ in the Chicago area.  The income afforded me the opportunity to persue my artistic endevours without sacrificing my art.  Selling out of the dream has never been an option.  The works and words speak.  Now I am in Peoria because of a woman that left me five years after the move here.  That is another story for another time.
     Now when I leave the studio and go to work five or six nights a week it is in one of my Tuxedos.  I am Maitre d’ at the finest dinning room in Peoria, Il.  There I meet, greet. seat. and schmooze the guests.  Lots of handshakes, hugs, gentle kisses, pats on backs, smiles, warm welcomes, and welcome back.  I carve the prime rib table side and when time allows perform some table side cooking.  It is a stage and I love it because I love the people in all the diverse and varried forms.  Making the fine dinning experience complete requires the hand of an artist overseeing the waitstaff and communicating with the chef as well as the clientel.   The fine food, white linen, richly appointed and elegent setting all add to the experience as does the harpest from six until eight each evening and the piano bar from eight till close.  The harpist knows that I like Pink Floyd and often out of nowhere I will hear Wish You Were Here or Shine On You Crazy Diamond waifting off her strings.  I like my job.
Enough of this stuff for one night.  Just thought some of you would like to know about the Tuxedo Twilight and a bit more of me.
As ever, Be well.
Stephen Craig Rowe
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  1. barbara
    July 16, 2005 at 9:17 am

    What a lovely peek inside the colored windows of your life, Stephen. I am sure you work hard at what you do but loving what it IS you do makes it a ‘party’ every night, and you are the host! I have done some similar work in my past and even though the establishment was not at the top of the dinning scale I did learn that treating the dinning guest made life much nicer while sweating over the food preparations. It made me happy to be requested by many of our regular guests.Did your Flam – be? Did your ribs roast? Did the Holland-daze? I look forward to hearing more on your life and your thoughts, as always .. you are…Mien Schatz

  2. not such crazy
    July 16, 2005 at 10:06 am

    hallo StephenThank you for visiting my space:)Interesting contemplation…all what happens with us makes us as we are…this is according your memories……….according creation and sale…it is a risky thing…I think you make vise decision …cause when you started create for living (here i mean for existence in material way) there will be possibility that one day you realize that the joy of creation turns in routine and necessity…when joy becomes duty it is not joy any more (to these conclusions I came through my personal experience..I don’t know …personalities are different so the ways how they detect things are different too…this is how i see these things)…I wish you…be as you are and create for joy and don’t exchange this joy of creation for nothing cause nothing can compares with this joy……….according "Pink Floyd"….I discovered for myself their music when I was 14 I find it very inspirational…that was almost 25 years ago…many things and outlooks changed since that time but this is one of few things what still I consider as valuable…Have nice weekend!AnitaP.S. Sorry for such long comment

  3. mochi
    July 16, 2005 at 7:06 pm

    Tuxedo Twilight, I believe the world must be your fine dining room. Thank you.

  4. Lana
    July 16, 2005 at 9:06 pm

    I bet you shine at your employment just as much as you do in your love for art, and your creation of . Thanks for the glimpse. I knew you would be entertaining, just didnt know how apt the thought was! Im happy to hear you love your job, makes it not so much a job, then. take good care, ~Silent

  5. Crystal
    July 16, 2005 at 10:29 pm

    Hi!! Come on by my space and hop on the Love Train!! We would love to have you be part of it. Everyone who joins gets a link back to their space, it’s a great way to meet new people!http://spaces.msn.com/members/crystalsroom/Blog/cns!1p84ZZX2HdLIokNkZXGGJRmg!2136.entryHave a great weekend!Love Crystal

  6. Nancy
    July 16, 2005 at 10:34 pm

    Stephen.. thanks for being you.. I enjoy your site a great deal.

  7. Sassene
    July 16, 2005 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Stephen,Wow, I learned something about you. Thanks so much for opening your world to us. You are such a blessing to know. Thanks for your loving comments as always! You are truly a sweet kind man. Hope all is well with you.Love,Sassene

  8. barbara
    July 16, 2005 at 11:05 pm

    you know? Bob Dylan’s song DOES fit my life now! What a profit he was… is? To think, I saw him at Peter’s Back Fence in the Villiage in the early ’60s and no one knew him then.It is late, 1am here. I think I will celebrate more in the morning.You will always remainMein Schatz

  9. Indigo-XX
    July 17, 2005 at 12:29 am

    Table for two, something in a dark corner so we won’t be bothered *wink, wink* :)

  10. Unknown
    July 17, 2005 at 12:46 am

    Bravo…yes, and a good man you are. I could careless if I sold my art. I do it for me and to relax my inner thoughts or to get rid of them. I hope you night goes well and thank you for the comment on my writing and art. Hugs, Bev

  11. Lili
    July 17, 2005 at 12:48 am

    Hi Stephen, the job of Maitre has never been more beautiful than your artful description. Good to learn a little be more about you. Have a good weekend!

  12. Jade
    July 17, 2005 at 2:17 am

    Truely an artist on many levels- even an actor! They must really love you there… a murmer of a giggle passed my lips about the harpist. That happens to be one of my favorite instruments, that and the steele guitar. I imagined you as a toddler pulling yourself up from the wood floor at the bar & then looked at your pic of today and I waxed sentimental at your life condenced into a couple of paragraphs… peace to you S.C.R.

  13. barbara
    July 17, 2005 at 8:49 am

    Tis a sunny Sunday morn. I hope the same is happing in your Space, mein Schatz.

  14. Unknown
    July 17, 2005 at 12:31 pm

    Morning, I read your blog and I worry at times about you. I hope this gin sipping brings much laughter. I am trying to figure out something I am wanting to write about and am brainstorming on how I can write it due to its sensitivity. My partner’s grandmother passed away yesterday. She is having a very hard time. I told her that she truly was blessed within the fact that she had her grandparents for so very long. My grandparents passed away when I had just turned 20. My partner is 34. Yet, I know that truly is no comfort to her right now. Therefore, I am trying as I did say to find words that will have much meaning to my partner and her family. I bid you a good mate and we will chat soon. I have upload msn messenger again and with fingers crossed it will not mess up this time. Hugs to you, Bev

  15. Unknown
    July 17, 2005 at 1:38 pm

    Hi, I have just started a blog and love to paint. I enjoy your site and reading a few of your entries. I really enjoy seeing your paintings and photos. Live large and keep up the good work! dreamgirlkk

  16. just saying hello
    July 17, 2005 at 2:21 pm

    Hello Stephen!How cool. It is always nice to hear about one’s day and work and what they do. We can say what our professions are but as to what we do is more detailed than what others may know or think. So, to see you putting what you do into words is just a way cool thing. One more piece of the puzzle that makes you, you. Sorry I haven’t been around, been helping my mom with some things. Tell ya later. Have a great day and take care!ChowRen

  17. not such crazy
    July 17, 2005 at 2:28 pm

    StephenThank you for comments on my space..I appreciate them very mytch :)Have nice and sunny sundayAnita

  18. the1stephzen
    July 17, 2005 at 3:43 pm

    I agree with Mocha…Tuxedo Twilight…that’s nice.I think perhaps you have found the balance for which I am still looking!

  19. Aimee
    July 17, 2005 at 7:11 pm

    hi there, i was just browsing your space… and i just needed to say that i really enjoy your work. i can definately feel it, i don’t just see it. congratulations on such talent.and thanks-amy

  20. Barbara
    July 17, 2005 at 8:20 pm

    Pink Floyd! I will go take a listen to.

  21. Nancy
    July 18, 2005 at 12:51 am

    heyyyyyyy.. Remember mE? I check this site out all the time… it’s a great blog.. *smile*.. Say………if possible.. do you think you could come by and make a comment. I asked today what was it that you last ate. It will just take a second. I just think it will be awesome to read like say.. oh 30 or so entries and we can all kind of laugh at that. Thank you so much and take care now!!!Nancy

  22. Unknown
    July 18, 2005 at 3:42 am

    Oh Shine on shine on silvery moon de dum de dum dee dee dee. Why do I feel like tap dancing?

  23. Jackie
    July 18, 2005 at 4:38 am

    I myself have also never lived souly by the amount I bring in off my art. I once held the position of assistant matre’d and was very good at it myself. I agree it takes an artistic eye to handle guests, because as artists we observe, see and understand the nuance associated with life. Weather the guest is a one time customer – an special anniversary to the beginning of a marriage — to the long time guest whom expects service a certain way — we observe, see and understand.Thanks for sharing.. as always intrigued by your posts.. be well. Hugs ~ Jax

  24. Mengting
    July 18, 2005 at 5:55 am

    hi, thanks so much for ur comment in my space, it really makes my heart singing:)do u think someone who knows nothing about art is able to appreciate it? is it an inborn talent, a strong passion or something else? i’m just wondering coz i’m a such kind of person and i randomly stepped in ur garden and was captivated.

  25. Little_Paper_Doll
    July 18, 2005 at 5:58 am

    thankyou muchly for your comments…..may all your carrots be fresh

  26. redvelvet
    July 18, 2005 at 6:02 am

    A harp & Pink Floyd too!!! Sounds heavenly!!! That must be a wonderful place to work!!! As always… thanks for faithfully stopping by my space & posting comments… Your words are always eloquent, encouraging, & appreciated… maybe one of these days I’ll choose a Pink Floyd tune & dedicate it to you… ta ta for now…

  27. barbara
    July 18, 2005 at 6:55 am

    Loved you "last meal" post on http://spaces.msn.com/members/victoryvoiceworks/Very descriptive and yummy!

  28. Stephen Craig
    July 18, 2005 at 8:15 am

    If you have a moment go to http://ONE.org

  29. Lana
    July 18, 2005 at 1:07 pm

    hahaahahah, made me smile first thing you did! Rock is just busy as a bee, I imagine! No time for play. Take care of you too!~Silent

  30. Tayandy
    July 18, 2005 at 2:52 pm

    You have a very interesting history, and your art is gorgeous.Thank you for stopping by my site. Yes, I do have a way with words….*snorts* I can be a touch abrasive but I think I get the point across. *Laughs* I hope I didn’t offend you……….I just write things down as I am feeling and thinking them.I have some of my drawings up, but they are nada next to yours *laughs*So, you are in the Chicago area? I miss Chicago so much.As I write this, my husband is attending a funeral of a long time family friend from there. Again thanks for stopping by my space and I hope you do again.In the meantime, take care of you and yours.Regards,Tayandy

  31. Isabella
    July 18, 2005 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Stephen,I love the way that you write about your job as Maitre ‘d. It sounds wonderfull the way that you describe the setting and the linens and things. I am glad that you enjoy your work, not alot of people love what they do for a living. Hope that you have a great day =D*Hugs*

  32. FERİDE
    July 18, 2005 at 6:39 pm

    hi:))ı really like your paintingis.my only dream was ,to be a painter.but unfortunately ı am a student now(madecine).in our country if you want to live you can’t do what you want unfortunately:((so now ı am not a painter and ı won’t be a painter:((ı can only be a doctor:( sorry if ı get you bored.ı love art.please visit my space and comment on turkish painters.

  33. lisbeth
    July 18, 2005 at 9:34 pm

    WOW!!your painting is fantastic :O))with love from Denmark<3<3<3

  34. Jerry
    July 18, 2005 at 9:34 pm

    My friend, if you cook as well as you write and paint….. I’m comin’ to Peoria!!!be safe and…. enjoy Floyd!!!

  35. lisbeth
    July 18, 2005 at 9:34 pm

    AND so are your poetry:O))

  36. Michelle
    July 18, 2005 at 11:09 pm

    Hi there….saw the wonderful drawing that you sent to Sassene and wanted to tell you that it was lovely.

  37. Nancy
    July 18, 2005 at 11:41 pm

    Stephen,Well, you eat very well my friend. Thanks for you time. I enjoy your work so much.. it’s nice and peaceful here. Also, I wanted to drop you a note and say thanks AGAIN so much for taking the time to comment on my site about the food question. It was just an idea that sort of grew and reading them all now is absolute delight. Not to mention;it makes me hungry. I enjoy the little things in life that is for sure. Again I want to thank you for taking the time to help! Have a wonderful week and stop by again real soon!Nancy(victoryvoiceworks + queerdyke)Yes, I have 2 sites. * !!

  38. FERİDE
    July 19, 2005 at 12:46 am

    thank you:)) you make me happy:))ı can be your doctor anytime you want:)

  39. the1stephzen
    July 19, 2005 at 2:04 am

    I agree with Muse-eek….maybe a road trip????

  40. Unknown
    July 19, 2005 at 5:30 am

    Hey there, I wanted to touch base and say thank you again for the kinds words you have given me and Sherry. I hope your evening went well and your night is even better. Hugs to you, Bev

  41. Yolanda
    July 19, 2005 at 7:24 am

    Wow amazing paintings :) I love it

  42. Nomad
    July 19, 2005 at 12:53 pm

    Hi, I’m glad that you share another part of you, which is quite interesting. :) Enjoy it!

  43. Unknown
    July 27, 2005 at 11:49 pm

    floyd on a harp…very cool. :)just want to tell you (if you don’t hear it enough) your paintings are beautiful.and thanks for your kind words on my space.

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