Lexington, A little 'Heaven on Earth'

I had the opportunity to be a part of the 'Lexington Art Fusion Project' this summer. The project, sponsored by LexArts, invited local artists to create works of art for our local community or public service buildings around the city that suffer from a blank-wall-syndrome. 

What a great idea, right? So, I had a lot of fun thinking about what I should create. I sifted through all kinds of pictures of the city looking for something that would stirred my artist's heart. I finally came across a photo of downtown Lexington (taken by my younger brother). The picture's perspective centered around Lexington's iconic Blue Skyscraper, the 5th/3rds Bank. I really liked the unusual angle of having to gaze upward; the churning storm clouds and, of course, the reflection of the sky in the glass. 

Later as I actually got to work on the painting, I felt inspired to bring the clouds down into the city, as if Heaven were invading the heart of Lexington! My favorite part of the painting is the streetlight on the corner. As if all of the swirling movement and color of the storm originates mysteriously and supernaturally from around the lamp post. 

Well, thats some of my thoughts! What are yours? Feel free to leave a comment below.  I will update this post with more pictures when the painting finds a new home (which will probably be sometime this fall). 

Below are some photo's of the painting progress ending with the final peice! 

 

IMG_1021.JPG

I started out the canvas with a layer of alizarin crimson. While the paint was still wet, I marked out location of the buildings. Next, I begin blocking in my main colors.

IMG_1061.JPG
FullSizeRender.jpg

Continuing to block in more colors and add details to the different buildings and the sky.

24 x 24 inch, oil on canvas. 'Lexington, Heaven on Earth' 

24 x 24 inch, oil on canvas.

'Lexington, Heaven on Earth' 

IMG_1093.JPG

"The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5