36 x 24 inch oil on canvas
The above painting is the commission painting I mentioned a few weeks ago. It has been delivered to the birthday girl, which is my sister in-law. My brother wanted to surprise her with one of my city paintings and requested a city with her in it based on a photo of her as a child. In the photo her dress was flying straight up in the wind. A precious scene! It was actually taken at Niagara Falls, but in art we get to tell the story any way we wish.
No Cars Allowed in Brooklyn
acrylic on canvas panel 11 x 14 inch
She loves the city and has always liked the way I paint them. She really wanted the above painting No Cars Allowed in Brooklyn, however my older sister "borrowed" it once and I never saw it again. It now resides in her home, but who can argue with their older sister? :)
Funny story: No Cars Allowed in Brooklyn was an early painting and I had actually tried to paint a scene from a photo I took in New York City, but the two trees I had painted looked like they were in the street and I didn't know how to fix it. So I just painted in more trees and gave it the title.
Like I said, we get to tell the story any way we wish. :)
acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 inch
Above was the very first city painting I ever did. I drew my inspiration from a video I had seen on Youtube, but I don't remember the who, what or where, I am sorry to say.
mixed media on canvas 30 x 24 inch
And while we are walking down memory lane, there is this painting, another commission piece from last year. This one was started with scrapbook papers for the buildings and then painted. It's a technique I used before...
mixed media on paper 12 x 12 inch
...in this piece. I planned to do more of these paintings with scrapbook paper because there is a depth to them that I really like. Time, time, time...always an issue.
oil on paper 9 x 12 inch
Painting cities is a great way to explore color in a simple way. I say simple because it is just a lot of painting squares and rectangles. You can explore brush marks too as I did in Olive City
Brooklyn from a Boat
oil on paper 9 x 12 inch
I also love to paint cities as a way to revisit them as in Brooklyn from a Boat. This always brings me back to that boat ride my husband and I took around the entire island of Manhattan. Happy memories!
City Beneath the Pale Sky
mixed media on panel 9 x 12 inch
Usually my cities are from my imagination though, my favorite way to paint. This one got a little crazy in color, but there was something that just said to leave it as is. I think I see many more city paintings in the future. When there is time of course.
Whether you live in the big city, or in the country, or in between, I wish you a very
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks as always for your friendships, your comments and for looking!