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New Work: Chinatown Sky

Chinatown Boston

“Chinatown Sky” (Copyright © 2016 Paula Ogier)

Chinatown Sky (above) began with a photograph I took here in Boston in Chinatown.

I really liked the curve and shape of this building. I thought it could make for an interesting art subject, but sadly, once I had painted the photograph, I just didn’t find the overall piece interesting enough.

I couldn’t figure out what came next. I would quit and put it away repeatedly, sometimes for long periods of time. I hoped that with fresh eyes at a later date, I might see it differently. This went on for more than a year.

One day I decided to try a sky backdrop using some digital finger paintings I had made. I found that when I pieced them together, they formed what looks a bit like a lotus flower rising in the sky. That idea inspired me, as did the creamy and textural orange and pink streaks behind the building.

Eventually I felt that I wanted to focus on the sky and this particular building. That led me to take away a few of the buildings in the background. I wanted it sweet and simple: Curvaceous building, warm sky, cool moon.

And there you have it.

Thanks for reading,

p.s. The Chinatown Sky print is now available in my online store.

Paula Ogier Artworks


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Hi there. I’m artist Paula Ogier. In this blog I write about about new works, projects in process, life as a working artist, life in Boston, and inspirations and challenges in growing an art business. I live and work in Boston's South End neighborhood. I'm fond of big cities, architecture, great imaginative spaces, talking to cats, food & drink, gardening, wandering around on foot, binge-watching well written shows, and of course, making art. Artist website: PaulaOgierArt.com. Twitter: Paula Ogier Artworks My studio is in Boston's SoWa Arts District at 450 Harrison Avenue, Studio 203.


  1. I like how you hung in there for many months, waiting for ongoing inspiration + creative impulses to coalesce into something new and magical…Thank you for sharing your process AND product.


  2. Thanks, Will. I’m sure this must happen with songwriting, too. You see something essential worth building on, but don’t always know right away what the supporting structure will be!

    Thank you for reading.



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