27"h x 48"w, Oil on Canvas
I set this view because it reminded me of Hopper's "Early Sunday Morning".
Also, my vantage point was covered by nine foot deep steel awning to protect
me from the rain. I would only work on this one when it rained. I actually
broke down and painted some of the brick grout at home in the living room.
After admitting this violation of "plein-airism" to my old Art History
professor during a phone call, I was greeted by a moment of silent
consideration from her end of the phone.
I still debate the value of working plen air only. I have used photos to drop in characters, and I do eliminate obstructions to the composition, like poles or dumpsters. I feel I must allow some studio (home) work to get things done.
There is the face of a young woman in the left hand window by the sign.
She sat there only for a few moments, but fortunate for the painting, she
provided a lovely, lonely sentiment for a rainy day.
Hopper would have approved, I think.
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