“Please Come to Boston” – Beacon Hill Art Walk, June 5, 12-6

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"Make Way for Springtime", 18" x 24", oil on canvas, on display during the Beacon Hill Art Walk, June 5, 2011, 12-6

Remember that song? Dave Loggins, 1974, yes I’m dating myself, but if you don’t remember, here’s a YouTube version ( http://youtu.be/UDRLZFgEoGw). So now, to the point at hand, a year ago, after enjoying painting scenes of Italy from my pictures, I thought it would also be fun to do some paintings of Boston. I don’t even remember why we were going there, but since we were I thought it was a prime time to start taking some pictures in anticipation of doing some paintings. The fact that it was a rainy day made it all the better after the fun I had painting pictures of Rome in the rain. As I said, that was a year ago. Fast forward now to this past Monday. Finally all that was on my schedule was to paint, pictures that is, not woodwork. Lingering in the back of my thoughts was the upcoming Beacon Hill Art Walk in Boston, and with that, I looked up the pictures I’d taken of Boston last year. Perfect, time to do a painting of Boston for a show in Boston.

Now, part of the ritual in starting a new painting, especially from an older photograph is picking the right music to paint by. New photographs are inspiring enough all by themselves, but older ones sometimes need a little push. The only song I could think of was “Please Come to Boston”. I made up a playlist using it as the lead song. By day three I downloaded the Boston album “Boston”. That was hugely popular when I was in school there so it would be able to get me over the finish line. Day four, I set about listening to Boston with the Dave Loggins song at the end of that playlist.

By mid afternoon I was just about finished. I stood back from the painting to take a critical look and decide if it was indeed finished. As I did, “Please Come to Boston” started playing yet again. This time though the words caught my attention, “you can sell your paintings on the sidewalk at a cafe where I hope to be working soon”. Yup, that’s what I’ll be doing next Sunday, selling my paintings on the sidewalks. Now that has got to be a good omen.

So, if you are in the area, stop by the Beacon Hill Art Walk (http://www.beaconhillartwalk.org/), Sunday June 5th, 12 – 6.