In June I spent a week at the Chicago Institute of Art studying their collection. This was through a Road Scholar course and we were able to enter the museum before hours and had gallery sessions led by various experts from their Education department. I really loved the experience and came home inspired by the city of Chicago. I have worked for several months on two paintings that reflect my responses to the city. My first painting is completed – the “living with it” phase took many months as I continued to tweak the painting.
With this painting I wanted to capture several thoughts about the city. First of all the blues and greens are a representation of the big sky and lake. The red and magenta are intended to express the energy and movement I feel when I walk the streets of Chicago. I also wanted to capture the sense of risk and danger I feel in a big, fast, unknown city and so the dark, swirling shapes that often mask a part of the other shapes. I love being in the cities of Chicago and New York but I am not comfortable there and am always glad to be home.
This work is done on a half sheet of 300# Arches CP paper