We were incredibly lucky to have had an amazing holiday in North America during August this year. We had saved for a long time and were hopeful that the holiday would give us memories which would last us and our children, a lifetime. Our holiday surpassed our expectations on every level possible and it really saddened me today, to see the East coast of North America battered and bruised by hurricane Sandy.
I wanted to paint the Statue of Liberty again today, partly because I really wanted to have a painting to frame which would remind me of our holiday and partly so that I could spend some time thinking about our incredible trip, the places we visited and most importantly, the people we got to know and care for.
What began as a fairly bog-standard interpretation gradually became increasingly abstract the more sketches I drew. By my fourth sketch I knew that I would be painting an abstract, incorporating both Lady Liberty and hurricane Sandy, by the time I had completed my painting I dared to hope that I would have an image to frame:
I enjoy looking back through old photos and I thought it was time for me to return to New York (in my head, anyway). This painting was inspired by several photos that I took this summer. New York really was a blur of people, taxi cabs and incredible buildings:
I’m not sure that I’m totally happy with how the road looks but I’m going to live with it for a few days.
The Chrysler Building has to be my favourite building in New York. It literally stood out against all the other skyscrapers as being a beautifully designed piece of construction. It’s stood the test of time well too – there may be more innovative buildings popping up in various neighbourhoods of NY but this one remains a stunning beauty. Here’s my interpretation:
I’ve been itching to paint Lady Liberty herself since arriving home from our holiday, this morning I decided that today was going to be the day. We took the ferry out to see her and on our return to the mainland saw a storm brewing in the distance behind her. It was incredible to see up close and personal, an iconic landmark of the USA:
I’m glad that I kept this very simple – I think I may have another go later, maybe making the statue even smaller.
Here’s the original photo: