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This painting is a re-creation of Chicago during the Prohibition era. It is a completely imaginary scene but I based it somewhat on my own research of vintage photos from the time period with plenty of artistic license. As an impressionistic work, I was primarily interested in capturing the hustle and bustle of a teeming metropolis from a colorful time in the past. I enjoyed painting the antique automobiles and streetcar. I purposely chose a palette of warm brown tones for a vintage look. I also used some metallic paint sparingly, in both copper and gold, for the very first time. I liked the effect on this piece and I will use it again where it might enhance a painting.
December 16th, 2014
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