Inspired by the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond in Lincoln Park (Chicago) I wanted to capture the depth and light of this small snippet of nature in an urban setting. The painting unfolded as a demonstration of my artistic style on film by creating a representation of the lily pond on a Plexiglas canvas. The painting was the equivalent of an action painting. Wet on wet, the oil on acrylic transformed the clear canvas as I laid down first the colors I wanted to show from the other side. It was the first reverse painting I had ever made.
The Lily Pool, designed in the late 1930s by landscape architect Alfred Caldwell as a refuge from the city, was the backdrop for the film. With his signature prairie style, acquired through mentorships with Jens Jensen and Frank Lloyd Wright, Caldwell redeveloped an old Victorian pond to one and one half acres of naturalistic sanctuary.
Today, the Lily Pool is one of the finest examples of prairie-style landscape architecture.
Oil on Acrylic Reverse Painting with LED Lights, 38” x 44." Click here to inquire about purchasing this piece.