Friday, July 10, 2009
This final image in my "sign paintings" series is my favorite. It captures warm light and the familiar image of the Mr. Boh sign, in Baltimore. For those who have never had the pleasure living in Baltimore, Mr. Boh is the mascot of National Bohemian beer. As the Natty Boh website proclaims, "from the land of pleasant living comes National Bohemian, a treasured Baltimore beer since 1885. The Mr. Boh sign still resides in the Brewer's Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. I made this painting on a recent Saturday afternoon and enjoyed experimenting with an evening sky.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
In the summer of 2006, I spent a week in Seattle and found the city to be extraordinary. I really enjoyed exploring the various corners of the city and staying at a bed and breakfast in Capital Hill. The city's proximity to the water is certainly an asset. It is no wonder tourists flock to the public market, near to the water's edge. In undertaking a series of "sign paintings" I've been primarily drawn to images with which I have a familiarity and nostalgia. With this image, I've indulged in the nostalgia of a relaxing vacation and imagination of the pleasure of living in a place like Seattle.