New watercolors, scenes from Chicago

I’ve completed a few new watercolors in the past week and am getting ready for the Cornelia Arts Building Open House, Friday, March 12th. It is free and there will be lots of great looking art to see, all mediums and styles, and I highly recommend you join us!

When I saw this scene I thought of Isobel Bishop and Reginald Marsh – as well as my friend’s, (FYI: Andrew Steiner), photography. Andrew has a few shots where reality is split by a reflection in a store window or bus station advert.

Jarvis Grill, watercolor, 16x20". In Progress.

An oil painting with these subjects at 16″ x 20″ might turn out looking precious but the lightness of watercolors lend themselves to these semi-detailed scenes. They allow for a different kind of movement and brushstroke that can be more spontaneous, gestural.

Anyway, above is the last one I am working on for the March open house, then I’ll start the oils up again (making time no matter what!).  View all of my watercolors on my website at

Visit the Cornelia Open House, Friday, March 12th, from 6 – 10pm!

Featuring more than 30 local artists working in a range of media, the regular Open House at the Cornelia Arts Building highlights the contribution of local artists to Chicagos cultural scene, offering an inside-look at working artists studios, and an opportunity to work by a range ofand emerging established arts professionals.

Artwork on display includes paintings and drawings, sculpture, photography, print making, ceramics, mixed media, and jewelry. The Cornelia Arts Building is located at 1800 W. Cornelia Ave., just a 1.5 blocks South of the Addison Brown Line in Chicago.

Visit the new Cornelia Arts Building website for more information at