Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Western Avenue Series

Mile 24: Pratt-Howard
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."  
I wanted to paint the P & S Restaurant because it seems representative of a prevalent typology, in Chicago.  I think I feel a certain fondness and nostalgia for these diners because throughout my childhood my family regularly ate at diners on Sunday morning after attending church.  P&S seems perfectly representative of those dining establishments.  A glowing Yelp review of P&S says it is, "hands down, the best diner breakfast in Rogers Park!"  

The review goes on to read, "I eat here every week.  It is easier than going to the store and getting the ingredients and making it myself.  Plus it is very inexpensive and the service is great.  Brittney, Mary, Carlos, and Isaiah make you feel welcomed and at home.  You will not find this kind of service at IHOP or Baker's Square  Their hash browns are some of the best I have ever had and I love their ham...Mary makes the empanadas herself, and they are not frozen.  On top of that, they cook to order.  They will make you anything you want, if they have it in their kitchen.  Anyone who has eaten breakfast with me can attest to the "make your own concoctions" I create after I look a menu over.  They have made me a hamburger omelet, breakfast Monte Cristo, Italian Sausage omelet, and BLT breakfast sandwich, to mention a few.  Name it and they will make it."

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  1. mmm..i may have to check this place out! good luck with your opening this weekend, Jane! wish I could be there!

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