Thursday, December 1, 2016
#76 - E. 42nd St. & 38th Ave. S. 8"x10" oil on panel
We did have a nice extended fall season here ....when it was dry.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
South Thomas Ave. & West Franklin Ave. - 8x10 oil on panel.
I've made it three quarters of the way! I even had time to get a few ahead last month.
This one is in the Kenwood neighborhood (if I'm wrong, please let me know).
I was out with my friend Mister FatCat again last month, looking for an interesting alley in the area.
We set out that morning with a specific site in mind, but when we returned to it that morning it was really
a driveway to parking for some apartments. So, we went looking for another and found a couple interesting
spots. One was good enough that we started to set up....and then I called it off. Sometimes you get a feeling that it's not going to work out. Thankfully I got that feeling before we started and not two hours into it.
I was being picky, but wanted to take one last try at finding something interesting before it got too late (we had already spent a couple hours out looking) and had to resign ourselves to plan b. Around the corner and two blocks down we found this one.
It was nice to stumble into this - the sign said dead end alley, it's unpaved, and the light/shadows were good. We set up and went at it! Mostly painted on site, but I made a few adjustments to the next day at home.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
This one is in the Lowery Hill neighborhood. It was a great afternoon to be out painting. I was with my friend Jeff (Mister FatCat) a couple weeks ago and we found an old brick paved alley. I don't recall seeing many, if any, others like this. I know they're out there, but they're pretty rare. I think most were dug up or paved over a long time ago.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Ink on paper - digital color.
I spent a good portion of the summer occupied with illustration work much like this....drawn and inked on paper (heavy 100% cotton, this one) and then scanned and colored in Photoshop. It was a natural to just fit this in with what I was doing. This one was a request from a friend for a neighborhood event this month and since I've been behind again on posting (and making) new alley pictures - I jumped at an excuse too make a new one! This might even look good as a print....maybe silk screen....hmmmmm....
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
4"x4" oil on panel (sold)
A small one from the Stevens Square neighborhood again.
The shadows were big and deep here on this particular afternoon.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
#71 - E. 18th St & 2nd Ave. S
20" x 16" oil on canvas
This is in the Stevens Square neighborhood.
There are quite a few good alleys here and I'd like to get back to do more in this area.
If anyone is still following along - thanks! I am trying to get these done at a faster pace. There's always something getting ahead of them. I hope this summer allows more opportunities to search out new alleys.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
#70 - 44th and Grand Ave. South
8x10, oil on panel. (sold)
Friends Chris and Jen own the place at the front right end of this alley. There was a baby shower there for our daughters when we were expecting. We spent a lot of fun evenings in the back yard to the right of that garage...bbqs, playing music, etc.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
#69 - West Lake St. and Bryant Ave. S.
5x7, oil on panel
This is a view looking North. The Bryant Lake Bowl in on the left side.
I liked how the sketched in start was working and left it mostly intact. It seemed to fit the mood.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
#68 - East 32nd & Columbus Avenue South
5" x 7" oil on panel.(sold)
This is a great, colorful alley on 32nd St. East. The green fence is the back end of the parking lot for Modern Times Cafe on the Chicago end of the block. It's a vegetarian restaurant that I'm surprised I haven't ever been to.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
#66 - 39th & Thomas Ave. S.
11"x14" oil on panel (sold)
I've always liked this alley. The orange sign says "dead end alley".
I drive by it once in a while and it always catches my eye.
This neighborhood (Linden Hills) has a lot of hills and valleys, making for some interesting alleys.
I'm at number 66 - two-thirds of the way!