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"Spring Tidings" --Chicago Reflections Series
It's April in Chicago and the Lakefront is blooming with the news of spring. Just as crocuses and tulips make their annual spring appearance, the same is true for the mooring buoys in Monroe Harbor.
My inspiration for painting "Spring Tidings" is three-fold:
First: It's the only time of the year when the flowering crab trees are sporting their fragrant blossoms along Chicago's lakefront. Overlooking these treetops, from the elevation of Lake Shore Drive, pink & white flower blossoms appear in striking contrast to the deep azure blue surface of Lake Michigan.
Second: Save for the presence of a few small sailboats, the harbor is void of other vessels, offering a nearly unobstructed panoramic view of Navy Pier----Illinois' top tourist attraction.
Third: From this vantage point four different lights can be seen at the ends of the breakwaters--including the famous Chicago Harbor Light--another one of my favorite subjects to paint!
While painting "Spring Tidings" I could actually feel the soft touch of a gentle breeze; But, alas, the breeze came only from an overhead ceiling fan; anything more was only imagined.
Copyright 2012 by Doug Kreuger
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September 6th, 2012
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