City Life

Watercolor Painting, Grant Street, Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey, Grant Street, Watercolor, 10″ x 8″ © 2015

Lately, one of the most interesting aspects of painting has been trying to find a middle ground between unfinished and overworked.  I feel like I’m edging closer to being comfortable with my process.  It’s about finding the right state of mind and being able to stay in that space for longer and longer periods of time.  It’s also about identifying when the moment has passed and I need to take a break to refocus.

I’ve been including people in all my recent paintings and it feels like discovering a new language.  I was so struck by the beauty and variety of buildings in San Francisco that, for a while, I was ignoring its residents.  Now I find myself paying more attention to the relationship that people have to the places they live. It’s interesting to notice how one influences the other…


4 thoughts on “City Life

  1. I think it’s great that you’re incorporating more people into your paintings. I feel that it sometimes livens up the mood and makes it more enjoyable. Keep it up, love your paintings.

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