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.
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.
I’m very honored to announce that I have a full feature article in the Fall issue of the Acrylic Artist Magazine. And to add to the excitement, one of my paintings made the cover. As you can imagine, I’m still on cloud nine about all of this!
It was very enjoyable and eye-opening to hear my interviewer’s perspective on my art, including the title of the article, “Shadow Lover.” Jennifer Smith, Managing Editor of the magazine, was a pure joy to work with! We ended up going with a Q&A format. If you’d like to order this issue of the magazine, you can use this link for either a downloadable copy, or to have the magazine mailed to you.
The article helps explain Jennifer’s choice of “Shadow Lover” to describe me/my paintings. One of the components, to give you a clue, is that I’m allergic to the sun, which gives me an appreciation for shade, above and beyond what most people probably experience. So when I paint that luscious edge between the shaded and sunlit sides of a building or structure, I’m actually quite attracted to, and comforted by, the shaded side. At one of the recent receptions at LaFontsee Galleries (where I’m represented), a fellow artist expressed to me her appreciation for the proportion of shade to sun I used on “Little Shed on the Prairie” (shown below). As an instructor at a local art institute, she tries to get that concept through to her students: that it’s not all about the bright colors. The contrasting presence of the shade is what makes the light look so good!
Watch my future blog posts for notice about a two-part online article Jennifer Smith is publishing regarding my style of painting, and some tips from me, including how to overcome one of the greatest challenges of acrylic: its fast-drying quality.
Also, I will soon be posting a new page on this website, just for the purpose of discussing some of the tricks I’ve learned in my experience with acrylic. If you’re an artist who is new to acrylics, I think you’ll discover some great information.