Monday, November 21, 2011

Western Avenue Series

Mile 15: Congress-Kinzie
This painting is a part of my Western Avenue Series, through which I'll be making 24 watercolor paintings, one to document each mile of Western Avenue, in Chicago.  I started this project because while it is not considered to be among the most “beautiful” of Chicago’s streets, Western Avenue is a perfect place to document the humanness of Chicago, the positive and the negative. In the words of Stuart Dybek, "Western, with apologies to State Street, is a great street,  Unlike State, it is a street that goes to the interior, the heart of the city, as it glides and glows through a United Nations of neighborhoods."  Check back next Monday to see a post about the next mile of Western.
It has been a challenge to stay on top of my work on this Western Avenue Series with my recent schedule change.  I am now working a full time architecture day job and facilitating a design studio three nights a week.  So, completing a painting seems all the sweeter.  I finished this painting last night and enjoyed the charm of this little building associated with the Metra train line with vines growing all over it.  Hope to have another completed painting in two weeks! 
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