We are so blessed to live only a few hours away from this gorgeously paintable city. My goodness…I’ve painted it dozens of times! And to top it off, one of our sons lives there. He’s the one who, years ago, gave me the photo which finally inspired this painting. It was a much wider shot, incorporating a broad cityscape, and I couldn’t figure out how to make the composition work.
But as I was recently playing around with it, zooming in on the sailboat, it finally sang to me. The resulting paint on canvas is indeed analagous to a song: vibrations, various notes divided into vertical measures, places of rest, accent notes, and the ebb and flow of a musical phrase.
We are just about in full-blown color in southwestern Michigan. Consequently, the yellows are finding their way onto my palette. If you look closely, you can see that the first painting (Graced) is a marriage of thin transparents (giving a water-color appearance), and thick opaques. I am fond of this combination. It only works when my initial transparent foundation is actually something I want to save. Since that’s not a given, I enjoy when it happens.
The last couple of weeks have been a riot of painting! I love it when my physical energy backs up my creative inspiration, giving me just the boost I need to head into the studio and let loose! Hopefully my medicine (dark chocolate!) keeps doing the work, haha.
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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!
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.
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.
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.