Thursday, July 30, 2015

Greektown



Greektown, downtown Detroit, Oil on canvas board, 11" x 11"
A change of pace cityscape.  While I love tree forms, I also like the  busy geometrics of urban areas.  This is the Laikon Cafe on Monroe street in the Greektown area of downtown Detroit. The street was being repaired when I took the reference.   

7 comments:

  1. Full of beautiful light and colors. This caught my eye in the thumbnail - a sign it reads very well.

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    1. Thanks Julie! The complement means a lot. I've had this reference for a couple of years. Three I think? I took the photo after coming out of the bakery across the street where I saw my chocolate mice. I finally decided to paint it freehandedly and the session turned into a three hour affair that flew by. I haven't been able to paint that long in one session for quite a while. I can only guess it's because portraits and scumbling as others painted them in traditional styles made me edgy and restless. When I just related to this street scene as I felt when I saw this man across the broken up pavement, I was there and exhilarated. Time flew as I relived the moment in paint. this painting and Hillpoint Woods were the best time I had at the easel in months!

      BTW: Auerbach's build up isn't necessarily just paint. He has a paraffin stove in his studio. What does that suggest?

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  2. Beautiful palette for a unique mood,I love your gesture bold and sure.
    Be dare, aware of yourself, a gorgeous tool that bring at your easel, happiness, Linda.

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    1. Thanks Rita. It is colorful in Detroit's Greektown. This was a nice change of pace for subject, as was Hillpoint Woods, Fall. I am enjoying my original approach to painting: free handed discourse between me and the subject. drawing, correcting, layering on, responding impulsively and intuitively, the way I did way back when I first picked up a brush.

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    1. Greektown was fun--to be there, to paint. Different for a change. I think I like cityscapes more than landscapes; they are lively. I have to make myself get in my car and go on an urban photoshoot. I'm more inclined to do that than get myself over to the open studio figurative drawing session where it's a bit too quiet for me.

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  4. Very beautiful and so colourful painting !!!
    Have a nice and creative summer week !!!

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