I’ve been known to start things and not finish them, so it comes as little surprise to those who know me well that a rather large stack of paintings sits inside my closet, unfinished. I don’t know whether it’s a lack of confidence or a lack of inspiration that keeps me from completing select pieces of artwork, but it’s definitely one of my greater weaknesses, and I intend to change it starting with one painting in particular.
Last May, after college graduation, Mitch and I took a trip to Chicago and spent a week admiring the city and sipping wine (sometimes to excess) in the lobby of the beautiful Hotel Burnham. While we were there, I made it a point to photograph the bustling streets, never-ending skyscrapers and infamous landmarks so I could later turn them into works of art that would remind us of our great trip.
As soon as we returned, I browsed my photos and chose one to paint on a 30×40 inch canvas. I covered the canvas in a cool-toned wash, so I wouldn’t be intimidated by the stark white blankness, and then roughly sketched my chosen cityscape. And then…I put the painting away and forgot about it for nearly seven months.
Last weekend, I took the painting out and decided to start working on it again. I made a few changes, like switched it from a day scene to a night scene, and I’m happy with how it’s coming along. I’ll be sure to post a picture when it’s done!