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The City At Night Paintings. . .Night Bridge

J Loren Reedy

Blog #11 of 12




September 3rd, 2011 - 07:29 PM

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The City At Night Paintings. . .Night Bridge


This painting is part of my "City At Night Paintings" series. It represents the bright lights of Chicago's historic Michigan Avenue Bridge reflected in the Chicago River as one views the scene looking west towards the Trump Tower. It's an awesome sight!

As I've mentioned in other posts, I love painting the city at night! This particular painting has taken me a long time to get it to where I was satisfied with it. First it was too literal, almost photographic. Then I "messed it up" with the thought of making it more impressionistic. It was too much for what I want to paint.

The image you see here is a compromise between wild impressionism and expressionism. I'm pretty excited by what I've come up with here.There's the vibrancy and excitement of the city at night coupled with the reflection of the bridge and its lights in the river below one of my favorite things to paint.

Reflections are always challenging for me because they can become "too perfect" (i.e. mirror like) which looks great in a photograph but not in a painting, or "too messy" so you're not certain what you're looking at. (That's fine for some artists, but it's really not my style!)

So after many "re-works" I've finally come up with something which I find exciting and I hope you do too. The painting is a 24 X 30 inch acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped canvas. The vibrancy of its colors and the excitement of the scene provides a stunning conversation piece.

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