The poster I created for Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's (a2ct.org) Production of Morning's At Seven features a couple of houses on Ann Arbor's historic west side. In reality - the houses are different colors, but the director wanted them to match., so painted them both yellow. The set designer was inspired by my houses, and built some even more charming house fronts similar to these, and he convinced the director they ought to be different colors - back to reality.
I took my time researching what the playwright intended (his houses were modeled after homes in Kalamazoo, MI), and I wandered down Murray Street and the surrounding neighborhood to find inspiration and get a feel for the homes. The time they were built (~1910) was right. The modest scale and design matched up. The stair stepping of the houses on the hill, color pallet, and loving care of the neighbor hood felt right. It inspired me to paint a view of the street, too. These paintings are on display until May 6th.
Oh, and I added the balloons for fun.....and you know there had t be someone there to set theme free.
The large (4' x 6') set panel I painted for anotherA2ct (Ann Arbor Civic Theatre) show (Sylvia) was done in acrylic house paint. The NYC skyline is another evocative site for me.
What places are you inspired to photograph or paint?
Are there scenes in my work that stir memories for you?