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“New Cleaners”

New Cleaners, oil/canvas, 24" x 30"
New Cleaners, oil/canvas, 24" x 30"

This is the dry cleaner opposite the bus-stop on Damen Ave. and Grace.

Sign painting is like surgery; you’ve got to have a steady hand and complete confidence in where you’re going with that loaded brush. I have not mastered sign painting – but – neither am I a sign painter.

(Previous Shot)

New Cleaners
New Cleaners (In Progress), oil on canvas, 24" x 30"

One reply on ““New Cleaners””

You’re right, text is difficult; we have a tendency to read it before we process the visuals; that’s why I’ve stopped putting labels next to my work when I exhibit it, people read and walk on. As for any kind of text in my non-objective work, people read rather than see it as a visual. In your case the text needs to “follow” the rules of fitting into a visual pattern that we expect to see in a more realistic type of work. You did good.

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