Friday, June 7, 2013

And speaking of Boston...

Uncommon   oil/canvas   20 x 60 x 1.5
Uncommon is a work that celebrates the row houses of Beacon Street that edge Boston Common.  There is something very appealing to me about this accordion-like expanse of brick and windows...each building individually unique, but functioning as part of an aesthetically pleasing whole.  Perhaps a metaphor for the vast expanse of heterogeneous individuals known as urban-dwellers.  There is also the feel of the little Christmas villages that are part and parcel of holiday setups.  Twinkling lights in the windows.  Hustle and Bustle.  Peace at the same time.  My goal was to paint this scene without the tedium of overly-described windows and doors.  It had to function as one form for me.  As in any painting with this much detail, there are parts that I adore and some parts that merely exist....I have come to be satisfied with that.  Perhaps that is similar to the momentary glance that one takes as she observes the scene.  I think it is done.  Will get back to you on that...

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