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This spectacular view of Chicago at night is a quintessential image of the city reflected in Lake Michigan. "Big John" (the John Hancock Building ) stands tall on the city's north side and is one of Chicago's most famous landmarks.
This painting was an experiment for me. I knew I wanted to try a new "loose" way of painting but I wasn't at all certain how it would turn out.
I started out giving the entire canvas a pinkish undercoat which I later allowed to show through, especially in the sky. I was very concerned about the darkness of the buildings and the water, but when I started to add the lights in the buildings and the lights from the cars along Lakeshore Drive, suddenly the painting came alive. The reflections of the buildings in the lake completed the scene. I'm very pleased with the results.
At an art fair this past summer, I received a commission to paint a larger, vertical version of this work by a past customer, so I guess others agree with me on the successful results of my "experiment"!
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