2014, 36″x 26″
This painting depicts a 1956 Oldsmobile convertible parked outside the classic historic Avalon Hotel at 700 Ocean Beach Drive in South Beach, Miami. The hotel was built in 1941 in the late Art Deco style (in the subcategory of Streamline Moderne) and was designed by architect Albert Anis, renowned for designing many Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach and Chicago. The painting is based on photos I took when walking along South Beach early one morning. I was inspired by quality of light, the color and shapes of the buildings, the style and character of the car, the reflections in the windows, the exuberance of the palm trees, and the distorted forms of the shadows on the road. The final artwork is a mixed media painting which included the use of Corel Painter X3 with Impasto brushes for the digital paint portion of the creative process (you can see some of the tools and techniques described in the Thick Paint videos on this site).