State Street Chicago – Impressionist Urban Oil Painting Cityscape – Karen Winters

“… I think it was the fourth of July”

8 x 10 oil on canvas

Or we could just call it “State Street”. If you are old enough to name that tune, name it and the band that made it famous.
I was trying to get this painting finished for yesterday, the fourth, but just ran out of time. So here it is, a day late. It was inspired by a recent trip to the Windy City, where the flags were already on display – and had probably been up since Memorial Day.

I loved this big clock on Macy’s (formerly Marshall Field’s) department store – there’s one on every corner of the building which covers a large city block.


  1. Ann
    July 5, 2008

    Saturday, in the park – by Chicago is my guess.Now I’ve got that song stuck in my head! Another lovely painting!

  2. Leslie
    July 5, 2008

    Oh, I LOVE this, Karen! Well, I too know the song and now I’ll be singing it all night! :)

  3. Cathy (Kate) Johnson
    July 5, 2008

    Yep, gotta be Chicago, that toddlin’ town–on State Street, that great street…! But I don’t remember the band…guess I’m not as old as I thought. It’s a beautiful painting, anyway!

  4. Shirley
    July 5, 2008

    Wonderful Karen! Brings back memories of my years in Chicago. I love when you paint architectural subjects….

  5. Karen
    July 5, 2008

    Both Ann and Kate caught the references … one to “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago and the other 40s tune (I think) about the town Billy Sunday couldn’t shut down.

    Well I enjoyed our visit to Chicago very much – and shot a ton of photos. Look for more paintings in this space …

  6. Rock Kyndl
    July 6, 2008

    Colorful and festive. As always, masterfully done.

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