i created this two piece in my first years in Pittsburgh "long gone" is a two part piece art work included in a group show titled "Rust Belt Ruminations". (Painting & embroidered handkerchief) i am madly sentimental and enjoyed playing with the idea of our history. (cont below)
I excitedly studied things of Pittsburgh history after first moving here 15 years ago The paintings edge holds images of demolished buildings and areas once in Pittsburgh Most often, these were wonderful places! Vibrant lower Hill District, Luna Amusement park, Marketplace in Allegheny City (northside) ...etc painted in a swirl of steel mill smog , that although shockingly grotesque to us, I tried to capture my imagined its moody brooding beauty . all in a swirl.
Ironically, the art gallery this showed in is gone now too ;)
I grew up in places with ocean close by. My home town Newport, RI is also home to famous "Ocean Drive", where waves crash to the ocean edge rocks, just like this watercolor I made above.
It's easy to get used to daily beauty and overlook it.
It's just as easy to remain inspired and grateful by the same beauty, if you think of it.