Here is the very recently finished and delivered commissioned painting, Sweet Home Chicago, which is a 36×60 Acrylic on Canvas. It was created for a family who resides in Bucktown, and will hang in their youngest boy’s room. The painting depicts various Chicago places that are significant to the family, layered together in my “collage” composition style. Also, included in the painting, are the figures representing their three children (all boys)!
Buildings (and landmarks) in the painting, from left to right, are: family’s home in Bucktown; John Hancock tower peaking out behind it; Marina Towers overlooking Chicago River and the El Train bridge. Next we have 300 N LaSalle and The Boeing Building, where mom and dad work. After that come Bucktown places & eateries that the family loves: Las Palmas restaurant, George’s Hot Dogs, Potbelly’s, and Club Lucky. A billboard with Chicago Bulls (their sons’ favorite team), is behind the buildings. Chicago’s “Bean” is placed in front of Las Palmas. To the right of Club Lucky is Bucktown’s Coyote Building, with the Navy Pier ferris wheel behind it. Another El Train is in the foreground, this one being the Bucktown’s Blue Line. Yellow cab passing in front of Coyote Building. All the way to the right is the Catherine Cook School and the “LPP” blocks representing Lincoln Park Preparatory, school, where the boys go. Two boys are kicking the soccer ball in front of the Bean, with the oldest steering the plane which pulls a banner reading: “Sweet Home Chicago”.
This was arguably one of the most time consuming paintings I’ve created (mostly because of all the fonts in signs, the number of buildings, and small details the boys’ faces). I didn’t really keep track of hours, but it came together over 3-4 weeks of daily work. It was lots of fun to paint though – from the beginning stages of thinking out the composition, through the final stages of putting highlights in clouds and windows.
Photos below show the details: