There is a moment just before the sun sets and all the city buildings have this pink hue mirrored on the windows. It’s magnificent. And for that moment it is, “Her City”.
Have you ever stood in the city streets just before the sun is setting? With the bright beams casting hues of sunshine on the windows. Suddenly for a very brief moment all the glass windows have this pink hue to them. The blue sky, maybe some clouds, and the world seems at peace as the sun casts the colors onto the glass.
Seattle has the reflection of the sun setting off of Elliot Bay. Portland, OR has the beautiful water front. New York City has endless blocks of tall buildings. In each of these cities I have stood watching the sun cast those pinkish hues onto the buildings and mirroring what might just be one spectacular painting.
I tried to imagine what an abstract effect might look like when starting this painting. The inspiration of the sun setting in the city is more than I could imagine but trying is what paint allows me to do. I can try, scrap it, try again and scrap it again. In this case there was no scrapping. Just thoughtful brush strokes and thinking of all the wonderful experiences I have enjoyed in the city.
I love how both dramatic and sweet this piece feels to me. After all it is, “Her City”. She wanders as a little girl picking the gum of the subway railings. She dances in and out of stores with her mother in her dress and gloves. I was born in the city. My first grown up move, at the age of 19, was to move into the city. Maybe, “Her City” is my city.
Ahh the delight and joy of painting a piece that brings me back to my own enjoyment in the city when the sun sets.
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