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39th St Beach and Piers - Texture Test

Vintage Findings got an IPad or I-Something. Of course, the experimentation started immediately; the creative play.


She put up some textures she made messin' `round with her Pad. This one, called "painterly" had "sky" written all over it. I had just shot the 39th St. Beach and Lake and sky a few days ago. I gave it a go.


I spent time on this one: consciously seeking to put my art into it - not just a nice process job. I added elements slowly, carefully, looking at what I wished to the scene to say. Usually my images talk to me, this time I wished to speak to it and through it.


I like the overall effect, the overall feel, the colors, the mood. Sometimes I need to work more slowly, more deliberately. This was one such time.


I held with realism on the land and water, trying to find the balance between the fantasy nature of the texture and the almost painfully close, magical and highly structured clouds we had that day.


Note: about the lake front and its weather. Chicago is 25 miles long and up to 14 miles wide. I've seen days when it is - all at once - thunderstorming at the south end of town, (we are facing south here), sunny and bright in the middle of town, and there are snow showers on the north side. This day temps on the Lake, 55 degrees, and 10 miles inland, 80. - Lorez Alexandria, Chicago Jazz Singer


Thank you Ms Karen:


39th & South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois. One of our cozier, tucked away beaches.

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Taken on April 28, 2011