Thursday, June 08, 2006

Night Bridge

When I was a young art student, Van Gogh's "Starry Night" was one of my favorite paintings. Nocturnes remain to be among my favorite subjects and one of the more difficult things to paint. The subject seen here is east of downtown Los Angeles, one of the old WPA era bridges over the LA river. This area is full of industrial warehouses, sweat shops, and truck depots. I wanted the viewer to get a sense of the quiet solitude of this area at night, and make my own contemporary version of a Van Gogh like nocturne. It is 18x24 inches, oil on canvas.

This painting sold immediately in my exhibition, there was alot of interest in it by several collectors. But the Tirage Gallery stalled on paying me for it, it's been almost two years now. Never did get my money.


william wray said...

Very cool. I love that spot. I toyed with the idea of painting it myself.

tonypetersart said...

When I took you there to shoot photos, we should have painted plein-air. Except all the hobos, bums, and truck exhaust would have sent us fleeing with arms flailing.

Jesse said...

Wait, is there a difference between a hobo and a bum?

tonypetersart said...


According to, a bum is lazy or shiftless person, especially one who seeks to live solely by the support of others. While a hobo is someone who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.

So in other words, I think maybe a hobo is like a bum who's on vacation. But they still smell the same.

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