California Street Cable Cars

Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Paintings | Comments Off on California Street Cable Cars

Cable cars

I'm on a streetcar kick right now.  I just got back from New Orleans, where I rode the beautiful St. Charles streetcar and got some great photos to paint.  And I've done two of the San Francisco cable cars on California street.  There's something almost human about streetcars–they have this way of enlivening a street scene in exactly the same way people do. (except that for me, streetcars are more fun to paint.)

After I painted this, I stood back and looked at it and thought, "Wow, what a cliché.  Cable cars, hills–it's the quintessential touristy San Francisco painting."  Because of the orange ground I was painting on, it even has this warm, glowy nostalgic thing that reminds me of those 1950s souvenir prints of cable cars you can get in the city.

But some things are a cliché for a reason, right?

This is a little larger than what I normally do.  It's 8.75 x 11.75 inches–basically made to fit a 9 x 12 frame–with slots on the back for easy hanging unframed if you want to do that.  Click here to bid.  More paintings can be found here, and don't forget to check out Daily Paintworks, which I'm also a part of.