For a long time, the painting on this canvas was of a vase, titled “The Vessel” (see the small bottom photo). I never felt really great about “The Vessel,” so I finally got up the nerve to paint over it. As I love to do with paint-overs, I purposely let strategic areas of the original painting show through. The color palette underneath (which included warm aquas and greens) set the tone for this city scene.
Ironically, then, the old painting/canvas was really a “vessel” for the new painting.
During my first ever solo exhibition, held at Go Java on Ionia Avenue, my friend Christ pointed at the Richmond Stamp sign across the street and said, “You should paint that.” I didn’t see it at the time, but because I trust her artistic eye, over the years I kept looking at that building when I’d drive by. Five years later I finally found a point of view that intrigued me. Thanks, Christi, for teaching me to see art and beauty in sometimes-unlikey places.