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.