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Flood Reflections at Rutherford-Sayre Park, Chicago

Flood Reflections at Rutherford-Sayre Park, Chicago. 24 x 24 inches, acrylic on wood. 2020

I finished this painting and I’m feeling pretty good about it. The goal was to paint 2 foot square acrylic version of the very small gouache painting I made last year (below), using only the painting as a reference rather than the original photo reference. I’ve hung it up in the house to spend some more time with it. It’s got a great presence.

Next up I’ll be trying this scene again, same size, but directly from the photo (with some new restraints). My thinking on that here.

Flood Reflections at Rutherford-Sayre Park, Chicago. 7 x 7 centimeters, gouache on paper. 2019
Studio mess.
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Chicago

Chicago (where the river splits). 7cm x 7cm, gouache on paper.
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Fog at dawn, Chicago

Fog at dawn, Chicago, lakeshore. 7cm x 7cm, gouache on paper.

I just love this painting. It really captures the moment, which happened after a downtown Grocer paste-up session before sunrise. I walked down to the harbor and along the lakeshore as the sun came up.

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Logan Square, Chicago

Logan Square, Chicago. 7cm x 7cm, gouache on paper.

This one is painted from a photo I took off of the back porch at a good friend’s place in Logan Square. It was a beautiful night.

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Sayre Park, Chicago

Sayre Park, Chicago. 7cm x 7cm, gouache on paper.

I just love the way this painting of a flooded field at Sayre Park turned out. This is my third daily painting.

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The Grocer: more street work

More street installations from 2007 and 2008 by The Grocer.

Mutant Cucumber. North Ave near Damen. 2007
Mutant Cucumber. North Ave near Damen. 2007
Cut Grapefruit. Milwaukee near Damen. 2007
Nipplettoes (imagined fruit). Halsted near Cermak. 2007
An Apple for the Big Horse (with Allison Rae). Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park. 2007
Banana Boat for Thee Viking. Near Milwaukee and Wolcott. 2007
Banana Boat for Thee Viking. Near Milwaukee and Wolcott. 2007
Meyer Lemon. Milwaukee near Damen. 2007
Meyer Lemon. Milwaukee near Damen. 2007
Red Plums. Pontiac Cafe, Damen near North. 2007
Red Plums. Pontiac Cafe, Damen near North. 2007
Cut Watermelon. Milwaukee Ave near North. 2008
Avocados, relocated. Milwaukee Ave. 2007
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The Grocer: summer 2007

More works by The Grocer from the summer of 2007.

Row of Apples at the Pontiac on Damen near Milwaukee. 2007
Avocado sketch. 2007
Avocado on Halsted near 16th. 2007
Cherry sketch.
Cherry, on Milwaukee near North Ave. 2007
Cherry, on Milwaukee near North Ave. 2007
Kiwis, on Hoyne at North Ave. 2007
Kiwis, on Hoyne at North Ave. 2007
Beet. On Milwaukee near Western. 2007
Avocado. Damen Ave Blue Line station. 2007
Cut Watermelon. Milwuakee Ave near Racine. 2007
Avocado, evolving with the property. 2007
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The Grocer, first works

In the summer of 2007, I began making original fruit and veggie themed paste-ups and installing them on derelict walls in Chicago under the moniker “The Grocer.” At the time, these acrylic paintings on paper gave me a cathartic outlet that the “serious” paintings I was doing at the time didn’t provide. Below are some of the first works I put on the streets.

Red onions on Milwaukee near Grand. 2007
Red onions on Milwaukee near Grand. 2007
Artichokes on Chicago and Damen. 2007
Carrots on Halstead near 16th. 2007
Radishes on Damen near Augusta. 2007
Tomatoes on the vine near Damen and Division. 2007
Watermelon in an alley near Damen and Division. 2007
Watermelon in an alley near Damen and Division. 2007
Horned Melon, corner of Milwaukee and Grand. 2007
Collaboration with Rejoice. Grand Avenue near Milwaukee. 2007
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