This dyptic has been an idea in my mind for several years. It started with mentally picturing these above twin beds in one of the bedrooms in my mom's house. Though odd, that cornel of inspiration never quite left, and I've wanted to paint the skyline in this style for a very long time.
I started with the basic idea of displaying our two local downtown centers side by side. But there was so much more that I wanted to show about our cities: the fantastic green space, the lakes and the river, and the huge variation in architecture.
I started by painting St. Paul: the older of our two cities. I wanted to really capture the downtown center from the East, and the view from Mound Park was the perfect landing place. The bridges over the Mississippi River, and 1st Bank, Wells Fargo, and Galtier Plaza shoot up above the other building from this view and really show the depthof architecture. I loved adding in some of the historic brownstones along the lowertown view of the river. From here, the only thing really missing is the new Lowertown CHS Field.
Minneapolis was my next project, and I wanted to highlight it from within the park surrounding Lake Calhoun. This area is so dynamic and welcoming that it boasts a great afternoon adventure any time of year. After painting the warm earthy tones in St. Paul, I was surprised by the cool grays and blues in the young buildings such as the IDS Center in Minneapolis. I adored feeling like I was able to capture the character of these spaces through their valuable park spaces.