It’s funny how some paintings look better when they’re photographed, and some look worse. I have very often photographed a painting to put on this blog, looked at the photograph, and said, "How did I miss that?" I’ll see poor color choices, missing shadows, uneven lines, even fingerprints on a painting that I completely missed when I was looking at the original.
But in other cases–and this is one of them–I’ll take a painting I’m not real sure about, photograph it, look at it on my computer, and go, "hey, that’s kind of cool."
This is an actual old-fashioned gas light outside of City Hall in Manhattan. I took the picture at dusk, at that wonderful blue hour when a city like New York really sparkles. The angle of the photograph was kind of uneven and strange, so I just left it that way for the painting.
Anyway. It’s an odd little painting, but it appeals to me.