At the very center of downtown Indianapolis is a circle. In the middle of it is a tall structure known as the “Soldiers and Sailors Monument,” so the circle has been named “Monument Circle.”
I’ve wanted to do a painting of the circle for a long time. I knew I needed a view from above. One day I went with my camera to some of the buildings surrounding the circle to see if I could take some pictures. I wasn’t having any luck finding observation decks that were open. Finally I went to the tallest building. I got out my business card and and told the guard at the desk that I was an artist and needed to do a painting of the circle. He told me to go to the various floors and ask the businesses if I could take pictures out of their windows. That is what I did. I liked the view from about halfway up, about the 25th floor. The people were very willing to let me go in their offices for the view.
I wanted to do a large painting. I stretched my own canvas. It is 72″ x 48″. Here I am trying to paint it:
I had to block it in first. You can see the shapes I started with. I painted them separately just so I could tell them apart. I tried to figure out which direction the sun was shining so I could add shadows and light.
Here is the finished product. Note the windows, shadows, and even tiny cars on the circle. It was pretty fun to paint. The only problem was getting a painting this big to the gallery. I don’t remember how I did it, but it’s hanging on their wall.