Center of the Known World
It is so fulfilling to finish a painting and actually be able to stand back and say “Not half bad.” I particularly enjoyed painting the Charlotte directional signs because they are so colorful.
In beautiful downtown Charlotte, North Carolina on The Green, there are these directional signs pointing in all different directions to other "Charlotte" locations around the world and the miles to that destination. They are fun signs and I thought they would be fun to paint.
I finished the painting in August specifically for the Matthews Alive Art Festival and the Matthews ArtFest which I participated in this year for the first time. I thought it would be a good idea to have a painting to exhibit that was representative of the area.
This painting was exhibited on an easel outside my tent in both festivals and garnered a lot of attention. Everybody seemed to love it. They especially liked the colors. I tend to paint in a higher key than some artists. I like happy colors - as I call them.
It was a wonderful experience being involved in the local festivals, and "Center of the Known World" seemed to be everybody's favorite painting.
I will be varnishing this painting this week and then it will be exhibited at Chasen Galleries in Charlotte, NC. The new location for Chasen Galleries is located on Selwyn Avenue.
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