FINE ART UP CLOSE
Celebrating my birthday at a restaurant in Duluth somewhere deep in the sprawling Fitger complex, I realized I'd never actually seen the rest of the historic building. After lunch, walking a circuitous route through the maze of stairs and hallways, I happened on to the old hotel lobby and was instantly transported into a different era. The people milling about, with their cellphones and contemporary clothing, were the only reminders of modern life. Part of Duluth's history was literally woven into the carpeting beneath the feet of the customers checking into their rooms.
I asked the staff if I could take a few photos to use as the basis of a possible painting. Normally, people are a bit shy about such things, but they went out of their way to accommodate me. In fact, they instinctively posed themselves in normal work-like positions as I took the photos. At some point, I may paint other images from that photo session. Thanks to all of you for being such good sports. By the way, the title of this painting is an homage to Stephen King. Thanks to him as well for the subtext I experienced that day.
Oil on canvas, 22" x 14"
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