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"A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT!"
I love the city at night paintings and especially city reflections in water. Chicago provides many opportunities to paint reflections of the city, from Lake Michigan and its many harbors, to the ponds and canals in Lincoln Park, to scenes along the Chicago River. In this city at night painting, entitled "A River Runs Through It", I was trying to capture all the magic and sparkle of Chicago at night along the River. I had an especially good time (and some problems as well!) creating the reflection in the river from the bridge above.
One of the main issues in painting reflections is to make the water look reflective as opposed to just a "mirror image" of the scene above. While in a photograph you'll often get a perfect mirror reflection, I feel that this rarely looks right in a painting. So I'll often have to work and rework a reflection in a painting so it really looks like it's water. I think it was really pretty successful in this one. Whether you're from Chicago or not, big city lovers everywhere will delight in the romance of city life captured in this large city at night painting.
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