Tuesday, August 9, 2016

En Plein Air: The Backside of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd (Oil, 12 x 9)


This morning I went to the Roosevelt Island to paint the backside of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. I know, you may think of Vicent Van Gogh's church at d'Auvers-sur-Oise, where he spent the last two months of his life. However, the reason I painted the church's backside is different. Van Gogh did it because he, as a Protestant, was not accepted in that Catholic church. I preferred to paint the backside of the church was totally from an aesthetic perspective. I found the church backside was more paintable with its variety of lines and shapes than its facade. The backside was on Main St. I was painting from the sidewalk by the library. It was a covered sidewalk, so I was in the shaded area. That was very fortunate.

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