“Drive-thru”, Wendy’s on Lawrence Ave., Chicago

I wasn’t sure if I was going to make this painting work – from the start the canvas seemed too small and I had a bad attitude. But, my new approach is to ignore my wandering emotions and pay attention to the important critical intent.

Drive-thru, oil/canvas, 28" x 28". © 2009 Emily Rapport
Drive-thru, oil/canvas, 28" x 28". © 2009 Emily Rapport

This painting relates to the fast-food joints I’ve done in the past and I have a few more I’d like to do. I have a good shot of “Church’s” I took while in Louisiana and there are some all-night spots here in Chicago that are elaborately decorated with lights and interesting signs.

In the first version I included the car that was going through the drive-thru when I took the picture. My photographer friend, Andrew, commented that he didn’t think the car needed to be there (below, you can see the first version). I think that was a good call. Sometimes it helps to get an informed second opinion.

A Winter Evening
Version 1: Drive-thru, oil/canvas, 28" x 28"

2 responses to ““Drive-thru”, Wendy’s on Lawrence Ave., Chicago”

  1. I’m glad you took out the car. I’ve always thought this Wendy’s had a desolate feel, and w/the car being gone it captured that more.

    On a personal note, this is my fave place to go when I was scrapping for change and needed a quick bite to eat. Well, that and Budacki’s.