Happy back to school! One week for me. Hopefully, I can get into a good painting routine again.
I have been wanting to paint this image since it was under renovation. I have photos of it with cranes and construction workers thinking I would paint it back then. The Village Theatre located in Highland Park Village was always a theater, but, with the renovation, they created a super glam place for a night out. First, the marquee (actually for the restaurant and bar named, The Marquee) was turned into a glamorous viewing deck or pedestal if you will. When you are walking in the village you look up and see a crowd of people encased in the glass railings, smartly dressed, having cocktails and enjoying each other and the view. It makes me want to go up there immediately. So that's why I say a pedestal. It feels like a throw back to old Hollywood, beautiful people with martini glasses in hand, standing up there to be seen and admired by the pedestrians below. Another way I can describe it, is the idea of climbing out your window and making a cozy little space on top of a flat roof. It's found space, a viewing deck or one's private getaway.
Please don't misinterpret my description, when you live in Dallas, away from the ocean, the mountains, tall palms or tall pines, you have to make the best of what you have. Architecture, getting dressed up and sitting on a marquee could be that mountain top sometimes.
This painting has inspired me to want to paint plein air around town. So any Dallas artists reading this, please contact me. I want to put a plein air group together to paint once a week.
Have a great Labor Day to my American readers!