My Inspiration for "Shades of Chicago"

Okay, I'm a generally happy person. Not that everything in my life is perfect - it definitely isn't - but I do feel that I have a huge capacity for happiness and I believe it is one of my personal strengths (as opposed to keeping my finances and laundry organized and going to bed early... personal weaknesses… ugh to adult-ing). The way I see it - life is short. I'm not going to waste my time dwelling on the negative! Painting is my happy place and I naturally gravitate towards painting subjects that truly bring me joy.

The theme of my most recent series is “joyful living” – more specifically I suppose the theme is “joyful living in Chicago”, however I intentionally chose to paint scenes that were not the obvious landmarks of Chicago. Rather, I chose scenes that hopefully people could connect to no matter where they live. But for those Chicago natives out there, it’s definitely fun to spy the small hints of Chicago in the background, or the favorite patio spot at Parsons that everyone dreams of visiting all winter long.

As many of you know, I work full time as a physical therapist downtown. I love my job so much and have worked really hard for many years to get to where I am now. That being said, I do have a full time job, which leaves my painting hours for the evenings and weekends. I gather all of my inspiration for future paintings during these hours, which also means I’m usually snapping pictures when I’m jogging by Lake Michigan or hanging out with friends on a sunny patio. And there you have it – paintings that (hopefully) transport you to the weekend!

And something that makes this series EXTRA special is that 10% of all the proceeds are benefitting the Children's Museum of Art and Social Justice in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. 

We know that when students participate in the arts, they learn critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. When students have access to art education, they are engaging in meaningful examinations of artwork and methods of art making in order to participate in critical, meaningful, and joyful learning. They are able to tell their story through art and appreciate the stories of others, encouraging empathy, peace, love, compassion and unity. Our museum seeks to be a place to exhibit and celebrate this learning. -An excerpt from the museum's mission statement

To learn more about the Children's Museum, you can head to their website HERE or head to their Facebook page HERE

I hope you enjoy this piece of work as much as I have enjoyed creating it. And if you’d like, head back to my site this Friday, May 26th at 10:00 am central time when they go live!

And for those of you who DO live in this wonderful city, come join me June 24th from 5-10 pm at Dovetail Brewery to see some of my original works and prints in person! Let's share a beer and celebrate Summer finally arriving in Chicago. Tickets available HERE



 Photography by  Lindsey Kay Photography