One of my favorite ways to spend a leisurely morning is in an art museum. I miss living near a major metropolitan museum now, so whenever I get near a big city I take the time for a visit. And because it is rarer these days that I get the opportunity, I appreciate it even more.
As much as I love the art, it is also the art lovers that I enjoy. As you may know from following this blog I have been painting gallery scenes again.
The Museum of Modern Art is one of my favorite places to visit in New York City. I grew up near here on Long Island, and even when I was young I escaped as often as possible to “The City”, and to MOMA.
It only makes sense that these gallery scenes would show up in my “Cities” series. to see them all, you can visit my art website at www.patwhitehead.com.
My latest finished painting is a continuation of this theme…Gallery View II.
It started as usual with a visit to MOMA
..and a sketch on canvas after the visit.
And just kept building from there.
You can’t imagine how long it took to get the shadowing just where I wanted it on the museum floor. You never know when you start just which area will prove the challenge and what parts will just flow.
One thing I have learned time and time again, though, is to let the “finished” painting sit for a week or so, and then go back in for those final touches.
I love this painting. It was like spending the day at MOMA all over again. I could be any one of these viewers.