Third Ward

Last week I painted these two works for the Third Ward Plein Air Competition. The Third Ward is an area in downtown Milwaukee which had been a warehouse district. In the last twenty years or so it has been developed into one of the most vibrant areas of the city-filled with restaurants, art galleries, and condos both in new construction and repurposed historic buildings.

I usually paint landscapes-and not the urban kind! I almost didn’t sign up, knowing it could spell a big waste of time and energy. Well, I managed to get myself out there, and I made myself paint. The buildings, perspective, and people were a real challenge. I finished these and decided to go ahead and put them in the show. I was very nervous because I know they aren’t any great shakes, but I am proud of myself for doing them and putting them out there. I think I may keep trying some urban scenes, after all practice makes, well could make some competence.

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