Whenever we head up north for the day (or a few days), we pass through the middle of downtown Grand Rapids in the morning. If the sun is shining, this is the amazing view we see! I always forget it’s coming, and end up having to lunge to grab my camera. You only get one shot on the highway’s speedy S-curve before it’s gone! I feel quite pleased that, at least this time, I didn’t get cheated!
The city of Chicago has so many layers.
I’ve been hitting the “repeat” button lately on the Magnificent Mile, but have also painted the lakefront, views from Lake Shore Drive, cityscapes at dusk, cityscapes at night, and cityscapes that are not quite downtown. And of course, I haven’t begun to scratch the surface.
My third painting of The Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Each one has captured the view from a different block, this being closest to the river.
A lot of history is involved with this piece, including the painting that is underneath and every struggling layer since. That’s part of what makes it very special to me.
This view gets me every time. Thankfully I’m snapping photos from the passenger seat and not driving! There’s so much to see on Lake Shore Drive; do the people who live in Chicago ever start taking it for granted? I’ll have to ask my son who lives there.
I’ve painted this scene 2-3 times before in different sizes; this time I took the liberty of eliminating the trees in the foreground.
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My paintings have been revisiting the many memories I have of Chicago. “The Mile 2” captures another block on Michigan Avenue. Also in the works is a rainy-day Chicago cityscape as seen from Lakeshore Drive.
To fans and collectors alike,
I want to express my thanks for your continued interest in, and support of, this thing we call “art.” An off-the-charts summer has left me feeling extremely thankful to the Creator, and fulfilled in this calling.
Do you recognize this cityscape from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile? And if so, do you know if that far building in the center (the one with the unique shape) has a name? As I drove south, snapping photos, that particular building kept drawing me in. It might need to be painted again.
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This painting is/was a propitious coincidence on many levels. I hope you enjoy.
Downtown Grand Rapids calls once again. McKay Tower, I’ve missed you.