Here's what newbury looks like now:
Here's what it will look like soon!!
Oil on canvas, 22" x 24", 2010, $2,100.00 This piece was painted over the
course of the winter of 2009, all en plein aire.
At least one painting session occured while it was actually snowing (hard)
The effects of the snowflakes on my oils
were kind of cool. The snow chunks bound up in the oils creating clumpy,
gritty textures. Another factor that
manifested during that session was fear. While I was painting I could here
a group of rowdy guys hanging out loudly
somewhere nearby. I thought they were in front of what used to be Joe's
over on Dartmouth and Newbury.
(It's now The Met Bar). I could hear their guffawing and threatening
snowball type comments to passers by.
I even heard one girl standing up for herself saying, "You wouldn't throw
one at a pregnant woman would you?"
I heard the group reluctantly acquiesce but just barely. I was getting
nervous because I surmised that if they
noticed me stationed at my easel painting on Newbury Street, in the snow,
at night, they would almost have
no choice in their alcohol fueled, neanderthal pack mentality, but to target
me with snowballs. Not wanting
to deal with such matters, I hurriedly got what I could out of that very exciting
and productive session, packed
it up, and got under cover. The blue awnings on the left of the painting with
the gold dots on them were
emblematic of Joe's American Bar and Grille at that address for years. Now
Joe's has moved one block up
to Newbury and Exeter.