It really took a lot of concentration and hard work, but I have good news for you today! I just put down my last pastel stick and signed my new painting with a charcoal pencil, and tomorrow “Winter’s Glow on Grant Street” goes off to the printer. For the last several days, I’ve spent just about every waking minute in my studio putting the finishing touches on this painting, the latest in my Pittsburgh collection. And one of the things I’ve enjoyed the most in the creative process is having you with me throughout its evolution.
If you’re a true Pittsburgher, I think you can’t help but feel nostalgic when you walk in the “Winter’s Glow on Grant Street.” When I created it, I wanted to bring you back to a time when families would hop on a streetcar and take in the beautiful decorations downtown during the holiday season. You can almost feel the winter chill in the air as holiday shoppers cross the street to get a closer look at the wonderful tree in front of the City-County Building. And just down the block, the stately landmark Allegheny County Courthouse is aglow, with its light softly illuminating Grant Street.
Soon the original will be mounted in an elegant frame, and the archival giclee prints will be available to the public. It will also be available as this year’s holiday card to benefit the American Cancer Society (order them at 412-919-1100 and ask for the card by name).
All my prints are archival giclee prints, made with the highest quality paper and inks. The edition will be limited to 300 signed and numbered prints and 30 artist proofs (also signed and numbered). There will also be a limited edition of 50 larger artist-enhanced prints – each one personally highlighted by hand with my pastels. That means the total number of prints is less than the number of subscribers on my list, so don’t delay! This piece would be a perfect holiday print to adorn your walls or a lovely gift for a special someone.
PS – Here’s a challenge just for you! I made two significant changes to the painting at the very end (and I’ll tell you why next week!). If you can find my last-minute changes, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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