I saw this view near the end of this past fall as I walked toward my parked car. The combination of late afternoon light on the tall weeds and stark shapes of the buildings surrounding the lot caught my eye.  It called for a large-ish canvas (for me, anyway!), and all I had was an old linen one that had a painting on it from a couple of years ago that I had worked on for months, expending many frustrating hours on it – it was supposed to be an ode to Matisse with models and background draped in multi-patterned fabrics. But, never mind. That painting was not to live on in perpetuity except perhaps if some curious art historian decides to x-ray the new painting a few hundred years from now… Anyway, I digress!

I found this painting to a bit challenging. The areas in shadow needed to remain interesting and contribute to the sense of depth. Once I got the shadowed areas figured out, the lit areas made more sense. This is often the case when painting – “it’s all relative”.

In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed working on this painting, creating glazed layers to mimic the patina of the old paints and stains on the back sides of the old buildings.

Lot on 8th Street, oil on linen, 18"x24"

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