Three of these paintings make up a series: "I Saw the Light", "City Light", and "Light Traffic". Painting in a series presents a unique set of creative challenges. A chilly March day in Times Square, NY provided the atmosphere and design inspiration for a collection of reference photos. I knew right away that I would want to make several paintings of the constantly shifting scene. The paintings share a Big Idea: the misty quality of city light as it shafts between the buildings can change an ordinary, familiar scene into something remarkable. Other unifying elements are the hourglass shape of the lightest values and the minimal level of detail of the backlit figures. Additionally, the color palette is consistent for all the paintings, and the same technique (masking and pouring layers) was used throughout the series. Each painting has a unique atmosphere, vantage point, and color emphasis. Creating the paintings in the sequential order of the photo references made me mindful of the time passing with the flow of the crowd. The careful observer will see some of the figures repeated as they move from one captured moment to the next. Additional paintings of New York street scenes will be added to the series as they are completed.
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