Midnight In Boston

Using sweeping, vertical and horizontal strokes of the palette knife, I loosely depicted the buildings, street, and other architectural elements, leaving some areas untouched to create contrast and highlight the rain-soaked surfaces.

Upon studying the painting, I decided to add a touch of color to create a focal point, so I grabbed my paint brush and painted a woman in red holding an umbrella.

To emphasize the rain, I added reflections of the city lights on the ground around her, and loosely constructed some rain drops to add some depth and interest to the overall composition.

Finally, I took a step back to view my painting.

The bold, textured strokes of my palette knife combined with the contrast of the black and white captured the dark mood, and the pop of red added to the atmosphere of a rainy cityscape with a touch of intrigue and emotion.

Original painting has been sold. Prints are available.


  1. Ashley says:

    Excellent. The addition of the red figure really gives the painting lift. โ˜”๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

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    1. Thank you! I knew the painting would be way too bland without a little color. It still came out on the dark side, but I had fun using the pallet knife regardless. Must be all those rainy days we get in April! ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š


  2. Bridgette says:

    I really love that pop of color. It’s got an almost futuristic feeling.

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    1. Thank you! Funny thing, the mini dress was what Bob Ross used to call a โ€œhappy mistakeโ€. I make a lot of those! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. johnlmalone says:

    I love this, and the thoughtful way you went about it

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed the process. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Layla Todd says:

    I love the contrast between background and figure in this piece! โค

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    1. Thank you! Monochromatic paintings will always be my favorite. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. misslatoya says:

    I always considered drawing to be a wonderful talent. It is great that you have the ability to paint beautifully.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to view my art. Drawing is a learned skill for most people, anyone can learn with practice – even you! ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. misslatoya says:

        I would love to learn!

        I used to love drawing as a child, but it was nothing spectacular. I had known two young people growing up around my age who had a natural talent for drawing without having been trained. All they really needed to do was develop their skills more.

        But yes! There are classes to take for those interested and I would love to get involved!โค

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      2. Try checking out YouTube for free tutorials. I know Bradโ€™s Art School for beginners has some good lessons on drawing and there are others. For painting lessons, try Michelle the Painter or Joni Young Art. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ˜Š

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      3. misslatoya says:

        Okay. Thank you!๐Ÿ˜ป

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  6. Beautiful โ™ฅ๏ธ


    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฆ‹


  7. I think u draw this painting in blacks and white but a colourful person in the middle shows that person is trying to fight the odds to win
    It is bit metaphorical ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Individual perspective is everything, I appreciate you sharing yours. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ™‚

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