North Main Street


This is a painting of North Main Street on the courthouse square in Martinsville, Indiana. Note the combination of both organic and geometric shapes – the tree is organic and the buildings are geometric. The tree frames the buildings. Their contrast makes the picture pleasing to the eye. I have also used atmospheric and linear perspective; atmospheric because some items are larger than others, and linear because the sidewalk is wider at the bottom of the painting than at the top. Both of these types of perspective give the appearance of depth.

I have used complementary colors. Orange is the complement of blue. This gives a visually exciting feeling. Look at the blue building next to the orange one. I have always been  more interested in painting buildings with a few trees than a whole painting of a field or forest. The use of cars or people add interest to the picture.

When I start a painting like this, I don’t think about doing trees, buildings, or cars. Instead, I look for shapes, then draw them in. After the shapes are on the canvas, I fill them with the actual color or values of colors until the painting is finished.

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December 27, 2010

Todd @ 6:32 pm #

This is fabulous, Tom. You’re back—and I’m so glad!

Heather Weaver @ 6:38 pm #

I love the colors and the shapes of the little shops along the street. Makes me want to visit!

Nicole @ 7:01 pm #

Daddy, that is such a nice paintings. I love the cheerful colors. It is beautiful and I am glad you were able to finish it and do what you love.

mary lengel @ 8:22 pm #

Your writing of your experience of all of this was so moving. You are to be admired.. and what a great lovely painting. I am inspired to continue my nativity scene for next year’s cards!
I intend to use your exciting colors!

December 28, 2010

Susie @ 9:43 am #

I’ve always loved your cityscapes because they are so interesting to look at. Trees, buildings, cars – all have such personality! I am especially fond of the warm colors in this one. What a beautiful painting, Tom!

Chuck @ 9:51 am #

I’m sure glad to see that you are still making beautiful paintings. The colors and contrast are very exciting.

Margaret @ 10:18 am #

The big tree is my favorite part of this wonderful painting. I’m so proud of you for persevering and getting back into the painting mode!

Angie @ 11:02 am #

I too love the feeling of small towns. I love the bright colors and the autumn feel. Great painting, it looks great!

Christine Roach @ 2:18 pm #

This painting is just beautiful. I think you are doing so well, and seeing this painting makes me happy.

Nancy Metheny @ 9:12 pm #

Tom, I enjoyed all of your 12 Days of Christmas paintings, but now seeing this one is a special treat. I teach at Martinsville High School, so I have a soft spot for the town. This is a particularly nice spot that you’ve capture beautifully. Do you think you will ever offer this one for sale?

December 29, 2010

Tom Slack @ 8:44 am #

Hi, Nancy,
Yes, this painting is for sale. If you’re interested, let me know.


December 30, 2010

Larraine McCrea @ 7:43 am #

I love it! Very beautiful!!!

January 4, 2011

Sherry von Harten @ 9:15 am #


Thanks for the paintings! It’s so good to see them and I want to let you know I am forwarding this to Julie who will truly appreciate the artist even more! Have a wonderful New Year!

January 13, 2011

richard Hutchings @ 9:23 am #

You know I love your city scapes. Great work.


December 1, 2011

Mackenzie La Salle @ 1:47 pm #

I live here. I used to live right on the square. It’s a cute little town. I love it and grew up here. Very good job.

Tom Slack @ 11:00 pm #

@Mackenzie La Salle: Thanks, Mackenzie. I’ve always felt a charm in that town. I like to just take a stroll through it. You’re lucky to be there.

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