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updates to a mini oil painting of a Coventry Toy Store Big Fun

November 11, 2018

 

So thrilled to finish this piece. It’s not the first time I’ve painted this view.

I distinctly recall painting it the first time. It was during a small snowstorm. I had been making art on Coventry during the early 1990s, so it was not uncommon for me to be painting the buildings. I remember the sky being grey a lot. I remember a small muddy painting on cardboard of yellow construction machinery in front of Coventry library.

Big Fun was physically something different. The sight of a store front as bold as this one, with its primary colors and children’s letter-block design, took my eye. I thought it deserved artistic commemoration. I set up across the street (under an awning!) and captured the obvious contrasts.

This is a version of that original painting with redefined highlights around the legendary letters of the storefront’s signage. It’s a view of a store in its first location, a store lost to the community of physical objects only, but which lives on in every spurting can of springing socks you’ll ever imagine.

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