Art by Jeff Knecht

Summer Evening Near Fullerton Beach

05 Aug 2009

The summer in Chicago has been unusually cool this year. But that doesn’t stop people from taking full advantage of the beaches. This park overlooks the beach at Fullerton Avenue and the buildings downtown can be seen a couple miles south.

There are a few things that scare me (from an artistic perspective). Water and people are at the top of that list, so I had to work hard to stifle the voices in my head saying, “what are you doing? You can’t paint that!” The water didn’t work out as well as I had envisioned; but given that I was going for something of stylized painting and not realism, I’m really happy with the group of picnickers on the grass.