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Monday Morning Art: Corner of Clybourn and Halsted

This week’s art is an acrylic painting inspired by a photo I took a few years ago on a trip to Chicago.

The photo was pretty cool, with bright flowers, a powerful blue sky and just enough city to make it look really interesting.  However, there was a wee bit too much city. There were light poles, traffic signals, overhead power lines.  Plus there were way too many cars, and more than a few people in the way, messing up my compostion.

So I started from scratch and painted this on sturdy artboard, over the course of almost a month, omitted the offending objects, and came up with what you see above.  I decided to make the sign for the store look almost like a monolith, and not like a huge sign for Dick’s Sporting Goods.

I used some of the lessons I’ve picked up studying Hopper, but also supercharged the colors so they didn’t really look natural. This is how I see things most of the time anyway.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Meanwhile, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you a two-day marathon of Radio Free Charleston.  The idea is that this week, now that The 2022 PopCult Gift Guide is in the books (except for the master list, coming this Friday), I’m going to take it easy, and part of that sees me giving you the chance to sample the best of 2022 on The AIR, as we spend the next several days giving you marathons of the best all of our music specialty shows recorded this year. I’ll tell you all about them each day, here in the blog.

1 Comment

  1. Thomas H. Wheeler

    Very nice painting!

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